(Host) Republican U.S. House candidate Bill Meub says it’s critical for the party’s congressional nominee to appeal to moderate voters if the GOP hopes to defeat Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders in the fall election.
Speaking last night on VPR’s Switchboard program, Meub said no Republican will be able to win the general election race unless they have pro-choice views on abortion. Both of Meub’s opponents in the primary contest, Karen Kerin and Greg Parke support pro-life positions:
(Meub) “From my position, I don’t believe in Vermont that you’re going to be able to put together a coalition that’s sufficient to get more than 50% of the votes unless you are, as I have always been, a pro-choice candidate.”
(Host) Parke, who is a retired air force pilot, said his military service is his most important qualification in this race:
(Parke) “In this day and age after September 11, I believe it is very, very important that Vermonters and this nation have a credible voice in Congress that has the experience and the qualifications and background to engage in the debate on what’s happening in the war on terrorism; what’s going to happen in Iraq; how to set priorities and the like in Congress on these important issues facing us on defense and intelligence.”
(Host) Karen Kerin pledged to work on legislation that would provide greater job training skills for high school students who are not bound for college.