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Election 2012

March 11, 2012

Brooks, Griffith to square off Tuesday

Congressman Mo Brooks and Dr. Parker Griffith are two very different candidates, but both say they want what’s best for those in Alabama’s fifth congressional district.

Brooks and Griffith will face off Tuesday in what’s been widely considered a rematch of the 2010 primary. Griffith, a former Democrat, switched parties in 2009 and was beaten by Brooks, who won the general election in November.

The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Democratic challenger and Limestone County native Charlie L. Holley in the Nov. 6 general election.

Congressman Mo Brooks

Brooks said Friday the overall theme of his campaign would be, “Promises made and promises kept.” He said he promised he would work to protect NASA and defense jobs when he was elected. Since then, he’s served on the Space, Science and Technology committee and the Armed Services committee.

“I worked hard to get on those committees and was well-positioned to represent and protect 30,000-plus Tennessee Valley jobs that originate with the Redstone Arsenal,” he said.

He said he promised to do his best to balance the budget and prevent American insolvency and bankruptcy. He said he helped lead an effort to force a vote on a balanced budget constitutional amendment, which he voted for.

“I voted against raising the debt ceiling $2 trillion when the bill did little or nothing to cut spending and balance the budget,” he said. “I voted against borrowing $100 billion that was pandering to voters and making them think it was a tax cut, when it was a loan that would have to be paid back.”

Brooks said he had also done his best to promote free enterprise and reduce federal government regulations. His efforts, he said, helped earn him the U.S. Business and Industry Council’s “Fighting Freshman of the Year” award.

“If elected to Congress, I commit to the people of the Tennessee Valley that I’ll do everything I can to promote America and defend her from policies that are counterproductive and undermine the principles that make us a great nation,” he said.

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