U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, shown at right, makes a point during a stop at McAlester Regional Airport on Friday, while Mark Wilkett, president of Pride in McAlester, is among those listening. Inhofe covered a number of subjects during his brief visit to the city.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, made a brief stop in McAlester on Tuesday during a tour of southern Oklahoma with Republican Oklahoma attorney general’s candidate Scott Pruitt.

The two were joined in McAlester by Kyle Burmeier, Republican candidate for the District 18 state representative’s seat.

Inhofe repeated his prediction that the Republican Party will make substantial gains in the U.S. Senate during the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

Inhofe said he’s traveling with Pruitt because he hopes to have a strong ally in the Oklahoma attorney general’s office.

The senator said that if the so-called cap and trade law should pass in Congress that “We’d have 15 counties in Oklahoma” that would in non-attainment — or unable to meet the requirements of the bill.

Asked if Pittsburg County was included, Inhofe said “It’s marginal” — but close enough to be affected.

Inhofe said he made campaign appearances with Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin last week in Western Oklahoma.

“My concern with her (election) is that with a majority, we’re going to have tax reform and workers compensation reform,” Inhofe said, a reference to what he expects in the state House and Senate.

Inhofe said previous measures have passed in the state legislature “but we’ve had a governor that’s vetoed those things.”

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of the McAlester News-Capital.

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