John Loughlin vies for Kennedy's House seat

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Republican John Loughlin, who is running for the congressional office currently held by Democrat Patrick Kennedy, made an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, February 18.

“If you’re going to be successful, you have to work harder and longer than your opponents,” said Loughlin in front of a small Xtreme Media crowd.

One of the things Loughlin is fighting for is the abolishment of the income tax. “We need to make sure we can repeal the 16th amendment,” he said.

Loughin represents District 71 in Rhode Island, which includes Little Compton and parts of Portsmouth and Tiverton. In addition to his involvement in local politics, Loughlin served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 26 years and owns a television, radio and film production company.

“[It’s like being] vice admiral of a canoe,” said Loughin of his role as House Republican Whip in the state of Rhode Island, where there are a mere six Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives. 

Below are some excerpts from the candidate’s Web site.

Jobs and the economy:

“Rhode Island needs more taxpayers, not more taxes. As your congressman, I pledge to work every day on raising the economic tide in the Ocean State.”

Health care:

“By rushing into socialized medicine, we vastly increase the size of the deficit while at the same time putting our health in the same hands of the people that brought you the registry of motor vehicles.”

Energy independence:

“The high cost of energy is forcing many Rhode Island families and businesses to cut back. I believe it’s time to stop cutting back and begin fighting back.”

The environment:

“I will fight every day to ensure that our treasured way of life becomes a legacy we can share with our children and grandchildren.”

National security:

“War should only be used as the last resort, not the first resort. When we commit our men and women to conflict, we need clear achievable goals and an exit strategy that keeps us from being mired in never-ending policy actions.”

If Loughlin wins the September 14 primary, he could potentially face off with Providence mayor David Cicilline in November. 

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