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October 17, 2012

Senate candidates answer questions at Tuesday's forum

McALESTER — During a forum held Tuesday at the Kiamichi Technology Center, candidates for the U.S. Congressional District 2 seat in the House of Representatives answered several questions relating to issues facing residents of Pittsburg County. 

Michael Fulks, an Independent, and Rob Wallace, a Democrat, appeared before packed room to answer question by the McAlester News Capital’s James Beaty and Brandy Brackett.
Candidate Markwayne Mullin did not attend the forum.
The first question asked candidates to address the logjam on Capitol Hill. 
Fulks said the logjam is caused by special interests and it happens in both parties. He said he does not accept money from any special interest group and he is completely unconcerned about reelection.
Wallace answered the question by asking the audience how many of them believed the House of Representatives represents them. He said Congress needs to be sent a message that they represent the people in the room, referring to audience members attending Tuesday’s session at KTC.
Next, a question was asked about sequestration and what would each candidate do to help Oklahoma survive budget cuts due to sequestration.
Fulks answered that people are frustrated that their own voices cannot be heard and the only way to be heard is for the people to send a representative from this area.
“No one from Washington can intimidate me,” Fulks said.
Wallace said sequestration is a symptom of the gridlock caused by Congress.  He said the results would be devastating to rural areas, including rural fire departments. “We have to do something about it now,” Wallace said.
Next, a question was posed to the candidates asking their position on selling Southeastern Oklahoma water to Texas or piping it to the Oklahoma City area or other parts of the state.
Wallace said he was against selling the water to Texas. 

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