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Saturday, June 07, 2014

 10:47 AM 

Zerban calls for 'getting money out of politics'

First CD candidate Rob Zerban said his top priority in his "platform for progress" is a constitutional amendment to get "money out of politics."

Zerban said he considers his 2012 bid against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan a "huge success" -- losing by the smallest margin in Ryan's tenure and raising the most money ever by a Dem congressional candidate. But the race was also the sixth most expensive congressional race in the nation in 2012.
"While I'm proud of what we accomplished ... too many elections have become nothing more than a race to see who can raise the most money," Zerban told delegates.

He said the amendment should implement public financing of campaigns and eliminate all outside spending on elections.

Zerban also called for higher education and tax reform, as well as and expanding Medicare to all Americans. And he said bolstering the nation's economy should include fixing infrastructure, renegotiating trade deals and raising the minimum wage.

"Paul Ryan is wrong on all these issues ... his solution, he believes, is traditional marriage and friendship," Zerban said.

-- By Andy Szal

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