Terre Haute Tribune Star: In Terre Haute, Messer campaigns for Senate
March 10, 2018
U.S. Rep. Luke Messer stopped by Clabber Girl in Terre Haute on Friday in his latest campaign tour for and Indiana U.S. Senate seat.
Messer, who faces U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun in the May 8 primary, has been visiting local manufacturers and championing the federal government’s recent tax overhaul.
“Those tax cuts have been great for Indiana businesses and also great for Indiana workers,” Messer said.
Along with the tax changes, Messer said the steel and aluminum tariffs signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday will be a boon for Indiana manufacturing and get the U.S. back on level footing with competing countries.
“Clearly, China has been dumping steel into the American economy, and it’s long past time to act,” Messer said. “I appreciate the president taking a strong stance there.
“It will be important for the Indiana steel industry, and of course a host of other businesses in Indiana that rely on trade. And so I think the way the president launched this proposal, which included exceptions for Canada and Mexico and demonstrated a willingness to provide exemptions to other countries as facts emerge, that’s the right approach.”
And while Messer admits President Trump doesn’t often act or talk like a native Hoosier, he said Trump’s willingness to negotiate a deal and apply common-sense solutions mimic the approach Messer knows many around the state appreciate.
“When I talk to people all around the state, they’re starved for some good old-fashioned Hoosier common sense,” Messer said. “I think President Trump demonstrates a common sense in his day-to-day service as president that a lot of Hoosiers can relate to.”
Messer, Rokita and Braun are seeking the GOP’s nomination to try to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, who is running for his second six-year term.
Messer said at each stop on his campaign before the primary he impresses on people that he is who he says he is and will stand for Hoosier core values.
“If I tell you I’m a conservative, [then] I have a demonstrated voting record as a conservative,” Messer said. “One hundred percent pro-life, 100 percent in support of the Second Amendment and have cut taxes with President Trump. I am who I say I am.”
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