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4/9/04

Candidate Profile: Louie Gohmert

With the Congressional District 1 runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, we decided to profile the two remaining republican candidates, John Graves of Longview, and Louie Gohmert of Tyler. Today, we introduce you to Louie Gohmert.

"We've been in high gear for a long time," Gohmert said.

  It's a rush to the finish for Congressional District 1 candidate Louie Gohmert. He is using these final few days before the election to get out his message to as many people as possible. Included in that message are thoughts on taxes. He feels we should make President Bush's tax cuts permanent, get rid of the death tax, and reign in government spending. But it's a different tax he's really got his eye on.

  "Other states maybe have an income tax, we have a sales tax, and we ought to be able to deduct it too," said Gohmert.  "Because when we don't, we're subsidizing all of the other states in the country, and that needs to stop. It isn't fair."

  Protecting our borders takes center stage in one of his latest campaign ads. The ad states, "As a judge, he cracked down on illegal aliens. He worked to strengthen our borders to keep terrorists and illegal aliens out, while welcoming those who enter legally."

  The military veteran has strong beliefs concerning homeland security.

  "I fully support the president's war on terror. That is critical," said Gohmert.  "But at the same time, we have to protect our own borders. We don't know who's coming in. People are coming in in droves. And we have got to secure our borders. If it takes using the military for awhile, fine, but we've got to beef up the borders."

  On the issue of medicare and seniors, Gohmert is big on medical savings accounts and making it easier to get catastrophic medical care. He wants to promote free market forces to drive down prescription prices, while holding government accountable.

  "If you tell someone you're going to do something, then you do it," said Gohmert.  "Whether it's social security, if you promise people benefits and they've complied, then you take care of your obligations. The government should not be in the business of breaking it's word."

The three-term Smith County District Judge and 12th Court of Appeals apointee hopes to take his tremendous work ethic to Washington.

The runoff election is Tuesday, April 13.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com  

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