Lee Anderson won the most votes in the Georgia Primary for the 12th Congressional District. He's headed to a runoff on Aug. 21. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 1, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Republican State Rep. Lee Anderson kept quiet after the Aug. 21 runoff, but now that the votes have been counted twice, he's talking to News 12 about his campaign to take incumbent Congressman John Barrow's seat.
He says his campaign is about two words: "common sense," and now he's taking that message to voters across the district.
"We've not stopped at all. We've been wide open every day getting our message to the people," Anderson said.
His first message is job creation. He says only smaller government can do that.
"I believe in getting the regulations and mandates off the businesses' backs so that they can create jobs, not the government create jobs," he said. "Government was created to protect us and infrastructure. Period."
Anderson's second message is to balance the budget and pay down the debt, something he says the country can achieve by making serious cuts across the board.
"We need to cut every department 5 to 10 percent each year until we get a balanced budget," Anderson explained.
His third big talking point is health care. He calls President Obama's plan a huge tax increase being shoved down the throats of Americans. He wants to repeal the bill and says people in District 12 should have more options when choosing an insurance provider.
"We need to make it to where the people will have the freedom to go across state lines," Anderson told News 12.
He also says incumbent John Barrow supports "Obamacare."
In previous interviews with News 12, Barrow defended his record, saying he voted against putting the bill in place three times, but will not repeal what he calls the good parts of the bill along with the bad.
Instead of voting to repeal the bill entirely, Barrow says he's co-sponsored legislation that would repeal the most controversial parts of the bill, including the individual mandate.
Congressman Barrow has also agreed to debate Anderson two times before November's election. Anderson says he'll seriously consider a debate, but he says he first wants Barrow to admit he supports Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
Barrow says he did not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the house in 2010 and does not intend to in the future.
Anderson also attacked Barrow's voting record, calling him a "flip-flopper." Barrow's latest ad touts he voted conservative about half the time. Barrow tells News 12 that record proves his independence in Congress.