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Bucshon pleased with campaign

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Congressman Larry Bucshon
Congressman Larry Bucshon is taking nothing for granted.

Despite having a 16-point lead in recent polls, Bucshon recently told The Brazil Times he will be on the campaign trail through Election Day.

"We're taking nothing for granted," Bucshon said. "The only poll that counts is Nov. 6. We will continue to campaign hard all week. I think that's expected."

Bucshon visited Brazil Tuesday to discuss the campaign before heading to an event in Clinton.

He said he believes his campaign has run smoothly.

"I'm optimistic," he said. "Things are going well with our campaign. From our standpoint, we've kept consistent with the message."

Bucshon is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Dave Crooks.

He said he believed a tough primary helped him better prepare for the campaign.

"We've been pretty aggressive, campaign wise," Bucshon said. "We've really been campaigning for a long time."

Bucshon added now he has been a Congressman for two years, having something to run on has helped.

"People want to know more about your record," he said. "Everybody in elected office should always account for their record. But the Primary helped sharpen the campaign."

Bucshon defeated Owen County resident Kristi Risk in the 2012 Primary.

He added campaigning is something he has gotten used to since members of Congress serve just two-year terms. In fact, he said in reality, there are only 8-12 months to "get things done."

"You have to continually (campaign)," he said. "It's part of the job."

Bucshon said he believes one of the main reasons he is leading in the polls leans toward information his campaign has regarding independent voters.

Through its own internal polling, the Bucshon campaign said it has a 50-26 percentage lead with independent voters.

"I think I do appeal to independent voters," Bucshon said.

Regardless, Bucshon said he plans to continue campaigning for at least six more days.

"We have talked to people around the district and have made concerted efforts," he said. "I think the 18 counties (in the 8th District) are being equally noticed."

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