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Candidates battle for first district seat

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The political battle is heating up between Republican candidates for the first congressional district.  Sen. Mike Parry (R-Waseca) and Allen Quist (R-St. Peter) are differentiating themselves ahead of next month's primary.

The winner takes on DFL Congressman Tim Walz.

Taxes and the Republican-dubbed 'Obamacare,' are taking center stage in the political battle.

"This bill is making our economy worse," said John Boehner (R-House Speaker) driving up the cost of healthcare, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers." 

On Wednesday, Republicans in Washington D.C. voted down what they call 'Obamacare,' for the 31st time, it won't change the law but it reiterates their stance.

In Rochester Wednesday afternoon, Parry expressed his concerns as he plans to take over Rep. Tim Walz's Congressional position this November.

"That would be my first job as the new congressman would be to appeal Obamacare which congressman Tim Walz voted for because it's bad, " said Parry.

Stating his main issue with the plan.  "I think it's the mandate tax," he said.  "We all know now it's a tax. And with that, people are not in a position to pay anymore. We can't tax our way out of situations that we've got ourselves into."

Sen. Parry wasn't the only politician in Rochester Wednesday, so was his competitor Allen Quist who hosted a meet and greet with the public.  "This is the national debt as it has grown in my lifetime," he said while pointing to the national debt charted out on an easel.  "And it is my intention to turn the corner on this and have this line start pointing downward in my lifetime.

Differentiating his stance from Parry's.

"Mike Parry won't put a timeline on balancing the budget and I say we have to balance it in five years or less,"  said Quist.  "I spent most of my life as a teacher, and what if I gave an assignment without a deadline?"

"You can't do that if you can't build a coalition and negotiate," said Parry.  "That's what I have proven I can do..."

The campaigns continue to go punch-for-punch into the August 14 primary election.

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