- Associated Press - Sunday, July 27, 2014

NAME: Mike Bishop

AGE: 47 (Born March 18, 1967)

EDUCATION: Law degree, 1993, Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, 1993. Bachelor’s degree, 1989, University of Michigan

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State senator, 2003-2011; Senate majority leader, 2006-2011; Michigan House member, 1998-2002

FAMILY: Married, three children

SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/ElectMikeBishop?fref=ts; https://twitter.com/MikeBishopMI

TOP ISSUE AND PLAN TO ADDRESS IT: Our top issue as a nation must be cutting the size and scope of government, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with patient-centered reforms. Our government has grown too big, and we need to cut the wasteful spending and inefficient programs. What is known as the Affordable Care Act has proven to be anything but affordable. With its far-reaching consequences and new burdensome regulations, Obamacare is causing people to lose their health plans for lower quality care, forcing business owners to reassess whether or not they wish to hire new employees and has given control to the government in many of our health care decisions. To solve this problem, I plan to work with other members to review wasteful and inefficient programs. We must start reducing the size of government by cutting ineffective programs and allowing job creators more freedom to create jobs. We must lower the tax rate, eliminate over-regulation, and allow families and small businesses the ability to grow and prosper. I will work to get government to live within its means, just like any family would. We must reduce the size and scope of government.

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NAME: Tom McMillin

AGE: 49 (Born June 6, 1965)

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, University of Michigan

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Michigan House member since 2008; Oakland County commissioner; mayor and council member, Auburn Hills

FAMILY: Married, children and a grandchild

SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/tom4michigan?fref=ts; https://twitter.com/TomMcMillin

TOP ISSUE AND PLAN TO ADDRESS IT: Full repeal of Obamacare will by my top priority. We only need to look at how the federal government treats our veterans at VA hospitals to know that the federal government should not control our health care. Send the issue back to the states, closer to the people. If a state wants to try a more socialized medicine scheme, like Massachusetts did with Romneycare, they should be able to do that, though, I’m certain they will pay the price, as businesses and families leave to go to states with more freedom markets. Eliminating Obamacare will help reduce the deficit and better ensure stability of Medicare.