Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Lee says, if elected, he plans to end the runaway growth of the federal government. Lee faces fellow Republican Tim Bridgewater in the June 22 primary election after both candidates beat out three-term incumbent Senator Bob Bennett in the state Republican Convention.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Lee said if he’s elected he believes that social programs, such as Medicare, should be turned over to the states. Lee also announced that he would work to end all agriculture, grazing and mining subsidies.”The federal government spends a lot of money on these programs and I know a lot of people like them,” Lee said. “But I don’t believe the federal government should be in the business of redistributing wealth and of interfering with free-market economics. I think we’d all be better off if they abandoned that practice.”Lee says he would do all he can to return the federal government to the limited scope envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. He says this limited-scope view influences how he feels about the oil spill Lee also said it’s understandable some people would want to hold off on off-shore drilling for a while in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Lee says he understands the Obama administration also wants to tighten the rules for on-shore drilling.”And if there’s going to be any slow down at all on off-shore drilling, then we ought to more than make up for that by an increase in on-shore drilling,” Lee said. “Accidents happen, mistakes happen. “This oil spill is catastrophic, there’s no question about it. But I think there is a real risk here of overreacting in a way that further interests our already-impaired ability to produce our own energy.”He says energy dependence is one of his top priorities. Lee says it’s suicidal for us as a nation to send about $500 billion overseas to buy oil from people who don’t like us.Lee will face fellow Republican Tim Bridgewater in the June 22 Primary. Bridgewater will be a guest on Thursday’s Crosstalk show.
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