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Frist shares thoughts on national election

Frist shares thoughts on national election

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:06 pm

By GLENDA H. CAUDLE Special Features Editor “Warm welcome” described this morning’s reception afforded Sen. Bill Frist, who served the State of Tennessee in Washington beginning with his election in 1992 and retiring in 2007 as the Republican Majority Leader in accordance with his pledge to serve only two terms. The multi-faceted political servant was in town to attend a local Republican event and was greeted by several area citizens who had encouraged him when he first decided to run for public office. Frist is also a renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon, as well as an author, a pilot, a marathon runner and a member of medical mission teams who travel to Africa. Before leaving the area, the senator responded to a request to project his thoughts a year into the future and describe the country under the leadership, first, of a Republican president and, then, of a Democrat president on several issues. • Taxes: “Under a Republican president, taxes will remain low. There will be no increase in taxation. Under a Democrat, people and small businesses who earn more than $250,000 will see taxes go up 30-40 percent. People under that, including the 50 percent who pay no taxes, will not see an increase in a year’s time. But five years from now, under Republican leadership, taxes still will not have gone up. However, with a Democratic president and a (Democrat) House leader from San Francisco, we will see taxes have gone up markedly for everyone.” • Health Care: “Under both Republicans and Democrats, we will see an expansion of Medicaid and children’s health care and the increased use of information technology. In five years’ time, under a Republican, we will have refundable tax credits and more individual control. Under a Democrat president, there will be more of a government controlled plan. It will take two or three years to get the plans up and going, with both pledging coverage for the uninsured.” • Abortion: “McCain is 100 percent pro-life. Obama is 100 percent pro-choice. Both will discourage abortion, with McCain more likely to legislate to support life and Obama more the status quo.” • National Security: “McCain will take us out of Iraq honorably and victoriously. With Obama, we will see more conversing and discourse and more ‘soft’ power.” • Trust in Leadership: “Republican or Democrat — both — people will rally behind the president. People will trust McCain and as they get to know Obama, they will trust him. McCain’s rhetoric matches up with his past action. Obama’s actions show he’s the most liberal member of the Senate, but his rhetoric places him in the middle.” Published in The Messenger 10.16.08

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