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GOP's Frazier: Healthcare, Economy Key to Comeback

Monday, 10 Aug 2009 08:06 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Republican Senatorial candidate Ryan Frazier of Colorado tells Newsmax that he represents "a new generation of Republicans" at a time when the U.S. is at important crossroads.

Frazier is seeking to win the 2010 GOP nomination to oppose Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed to serve out the term of Ken Salazar after he named Secretary of the Interior.

Currently a member of the Aurora, Colo., city council, 31-year-old Frazier is considered a rising star in the Republican Party and was called "a man to watch" by the Washington Times.

See Video: Republican senatorial candidate Ryan Frazier discusses how the GOP can mount a comeback - Click Here Now

Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter asked Frazier why he decided to run for the Senate.

"I'm running for the United State Senates because I believe we owe our children a better America, an America they can count on to insure that they have a prosperous, freer country with more opportunity," Frazier responded.

"Right now I think we're at a crossroads in this country. We're at a crossroads of heading in a direction where we see more government involvement in our lives and in our business, or on a better path, where we are freer, where we have more individual responsibility and allow folks to actually make a life for themselves."

Walter asked Frazier what issues are most important to him.

"First and foremost is the economy," Frazier said. "It's jobs and jobs and jobs. The reality is, right now it's kind of hard to do a lot on these other issues when your house in burning down. We have to get the economy going in the right direction.

"I happen to believe that the best way to do that here in Colorado, and perhaps the rest of the country, is to focus on energy independence. I think we have tremendous opportunity with natural gas and nuclear in this country to power our homes and communities, to lessen our dependence on foreign sources, and to put people back to work.

"So energy and the economy go hand in hand and they're at the forefront of my agenda.

"But national security is also important. I served five years in the United States Navy, where I was assigned to the National Security Agency. I understand the issues this country faces, both abroad and domestically. We cannot take our eyes off the prize, if you will — the very real threat of terrorism.

"Education is another area where I think we need to focus, and that is giving parents greater choice in their child's education, whether it's public schools, public charter schools, or home schooling. I think parents ought to have choice as to where and how their child is educated."

Walter noted that Frazier has described himself as not a typical Republican.

"I guess I represent a new generation of Republicans, able to make the case on free markets, individual responsibility, and less government in a way that people can relate to," he said.

"And I think that is what we need from Republican leadership, from new leadership in this day and age."

Frazier also said that current Democratic healthcare reform plans are "not the best way forward," adding that "there are other solutions that will help us address the real cost and affordability and accessibility of healthcare in this country, and we need to be talking about those solutions."

See Video: Republican senatorial candidate Ryan Frazier discusses how the GOP can mount a comeback - Click Here Now

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