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May 17, 2014

Grady County Tea Party hosts candidate meet and greet

CHICKASHA — Three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate stressed either repealing or reforming the federal income tax system, keeping American law sovereign over foreign law and simplifying the budget during a forum.

The Grady County Tea Party hosted the forum as part of a Cake with the Candidates event Thursday night in which three of the candidates running for Sen. Tom Coburn's vacant Senate seat, including Randy Brogdon (R-Tulsa), Kevin Crow (R-Chickasha) and James Lankford (R-Bethany), took questions.

Brogdon said the 16th Amendment, which gives Congress the right to impose and collect income taxes, should be repealed.

Lankford said collecting income taxes punishes people for making money.

Crow said the current income tax system is a model and Americans should wait and see its effects before repealing it.

"I'll be bold, but when it comes to your livelihood, I'm not going to take chances," he said.

The conversation then turned to immigration issues.

Lankford said foreign people working in the U.S. don't have the same constitutional privilege American citizens do.

"We need to know who's here and when they're leaving," he said.

The candidates then spoke about what makes them different from each other.

Crow said his experience in academia allows him to articulate the best defense of the state.

"It's not our core values that set us apart," he said.

Brogdon said his voting record, in which the conservative index gives him a 95 percent lifetime record, is what sets him apart.

Lankford said he knows how to solve issues because of his experience as a congressman.

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