- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Republican candidate for U.S. House in Wyoming said President Barack Obama is a dictator and he wants to personally say it to the president’s face.

Jason Senteney, a 36-year-old corrections officer and volunteer firefighter from Torrington, is challenging U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

During a debate Tuesday night sponsored by Wyoming PBS, the candidates were asked for their thoughts on Obama.

Lummis answered first, criticizing Obama’s foreign policy, national economic policy and rulemaking.

Senteney responded next, saying he disagrees with almost all of what Obama has done, including the federal health care law.

“He’s more of a dictator than a president, and I want to tell that to him to his face,” Senteney said.

Senteney has not held a major office before, while Lummis is seeking a fourth two-year term in the House.

Responding to other questions, Senteney said he’s in favor of scrapping the current federal tax system and replacing it with a national sales tax and said he views the Patriot Act and similar legislation as an infringement on civil liberties.

Lummis said she has been working to stop “federal overreach,” such as rules enacted by the Obama administration that will effectively shut down some coal plants and raise electricity rates for consumers.

The two agreed that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline should be built and that K-12 common core education standards should be left to states to develop.

Senteney said marriage should be between a man and a woman, but he would be OK with civil unions. Lummis said she agreed with him.



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