News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 24, 2010

8th District candidate meets with biz leaders

Bucshon running to fill seat vacated by Ellsworth

Arthur Foulkes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Republican Congressional candidate Larry Bucshon met with Terre Haute business leaders Thursday as part of his pre-election campaign tour of the 8th Congressional District.

Bucshon, a heart surgeon from Newburgh, said he opposes repealing the “Bush tax cuts,” especially in a weak economy. He also said he favors lower corporate taxes to make U.S. businesses more competitive.

Given the current state of the economy, “raising taxes on anyone is a bad idea,” Bucshon said after the one-hour meeting in the offices of Thompson Thrift downtown. “I’m not for raising taxes at all.”

America’s corporate taxes are among the highest in the world, Bucshon said, adding corporate regulations also need to be reconsidered.“We need to look at what we’re doing to make us not competitive,” he said.

Bucshon will be facing Democrat Trent Van Haaften, an Indiana state representative, in the November election. They will be competing to fill the seat vacated by Brad Ellsworth, D-Evansville, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

The Terre Haute business leaders at the meeting, including Regional Hospital CEO Brian Bauer, also discussed the high cost of health care with Bucshon. The candidate said he favors overturning the new health care legislation but also wants to increase “transparency” in medical care costs.

“We have to fix it,” Bucshon said of the current U.S. medical care system without moving into a “single payer system,” which he believes Democratic leaders in Washington favor.

Bucshon, who says he favors freezing federal spending at 2008 levels, won a narrow victory in the Republican Party primary in May, defeating several other candidates, including second-place finisher, Kristi Risk, a “tea party” favorite. Risk won 29 percent of the primary vote while Bucshon on 33 percent.

Van Haaften was unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.

The stop in Terre Haute was the 20th in Bucshon’s pre-election campaign tour of the 8th District. All across the district voters are telling him Washington is “spending too much and getting too big,” he said. Voters in the 8th District also have a “very negative” view of the new health care legislation and the possibility of a “cap and trade” law, he added.

Arthur Foulkes can be reached at (812) 231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com.