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Bucshon meets with residents

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon speaks with Brazil resident Ted Paris during a meet-and-greet session Saturday at Forest Park. [Order this photo]
So far, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon hasn't seen much of a difference between this campaign and his first.

The Republican visited with Clay County residents at Forest Park Saturday afternoon and talked about his current campaign.

"It's about the same as the first one," Bucshon said. "The difference is no one knew who I was.

"But I've been meeting with people. People have a much better understanding of what I stand for. The plan of the campaign is the same. We're being aggressive in the primary."

Heading into the May 8 Indiana Primary, Bucshon faces competition in Kristi Risk.

According to Bucshon, the two have scheduled a candidate forum for Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., in the Lawton BYRUM V.F.W. Post 972, 1111 Veteran Square, Terre Haute.

Bucshon said while campaigning this time around, he has focused on his accomplishments.

"We're focusing on the things I've done," he said. "I think people want to hear a positive message. I'm very optimistic, but I don't take anything for granted. But you can count me in as more needs to be done.

"We're campaigning for the primary. We're doing our thing to get re-elected. I feel optimistic."

During the meet-and-greet session Saturday, Bucshon fielded several questions from residents.

Topics included foreign aid, health care and the United States budget.

Bucshon said a recent House of Representatives Republican budget proposal, crafted largely by Rep. Wisconsin's Paul Ryan, weighed heavily on his mind.

"I'm likely going to support it, but we're in the process of reviewing it," Bucshon said.

Bucshon said getting things done in Washington, D.C., has been difficult the past few years.

"House Republicans have pushed as far as we can to get things done," he said. "You can't force people to bring things up for a vote. But (being a Congressman) is pretty much what I expected it to be."

Bucshon suggested many people nationwide are not interested in the political world, especially seeing political leaders constantly at odds. However, he said he would continue pressing forward.

"The message is always difficult in politics," Bucshon said. "A lot of people are disengaged from the process. It's hard to get a message across. But we must engage as many people as we can."

Following his visit to Brazil, Bucshon headed to Coal City for the town's annual Fish Fry.

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