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By Chris Hrapsky

A look at Republican candidate Brian Davis

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- He's a physician at one of the top clinics in the world and he was a student at one of the top universities in the world. But can this political rookie top an incumbent, and be elected to a seat in Congress?

We're continuing our balanced coverage at the buzzer. We brought you a profile on DFL Congressman Tim Walz on the NewsCenter at 6. Now on the NewsCenter at 10, we bring you an inside look at his challenger.

Like Congressman Tim Walz just two years ago, Dr. Brian Davis has never held public office before, but he feels it's his experience, his ideas, and a district that he calls "conservative" that will land him in office after Tuesday's election.

Brian Davis's resume looks like that of a NASA engineer or a seasoned "Jeopardy" winner.

A degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Ph.D. from MIT, an M.D. from Illinois, topped off with a job at the world famous Mayo Clinic as a staff physician.

Smart? You bet. But can he rally and lead Southern Minnesota?

On the economy, Davis says the economic bailout bill was rushed.

Davis says, "Clearly, something needed to be done, but to give Wall Street and Washington a blank check on the backs of middle America and increase the debt tremendously to $11.3 trillion. I have a big problem with that."

Recently, TV and mailer ads went out saying Davis supports a 23 percent national sales tax to replace the federal income tax.

Davis says he's talked about it at forums but never said he would support it.

Davis says, "It has been taken completely out of context. I think the voters deserve better. They deserve a real discussion of the issues and not just distortions where you only tell half the story."

Davis, someone who works in the health care industry, says Barack Obama's plan of universal health care is not the way to go. Davis feels that less government and more competition is right for the industry, something Mayo Clinic also supports.

"Let's be able to offer some basic health insurance plans so that people who aren't usually ill can pay some out-of-pocket to get health insurance at a low cost and a higher deductable."

From border to border in the district, farmers occupy the land - taxable land when it is inherited.

"The estate tax is scheduled to go up 55 percent in 2011. That's confiscation of property."

Davis says he'll work to change or just get rid of the estate tax. Something he says Tim Walz has not done.

"He did not get the Farm Bureau endorsement, and this is one of the reasons why. He has not stood firm with our farmers regarding the Estate tax, Capitol Gains tax, and a couple other issues."

Negative ads have labeled Davis as a millionaire, implying he doesn't represent less wealthy people. Davis tells us he is not a millionaire, but he also doesn't think it's right to discredit someone who has worked hard for their money.

He's gotten a first-hand lesson of the campaign fight, it's toward the last round, and he's still standing.

Dr. Davis has been on a leave of absence from Mayo Clinic for the last six months so he could campaign. He says win or lose, he'll be back at work on Thursday.

We asked him what would happen if he wins. He said they'll have to figure something out.

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