Dean Barkley Outlines His Agenda for the U.S. Senate
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Truscott
MOORHEAD—Dean Barkley, the Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate, said today that real change in Washington won't come from simply changing the parties in power, but instead by finally delivering the real results the American people are demanding.
"We're not going to get America back on track with more of the same," Barkley said at a press conference at the Moorhead City Hall. "We've spent the past few years and past few decades talking about problems. Now it's time to solve them."
Barkley, who served in the Senate following the death of Paul Wellstone in 2002, said as Minnesota's next senator he will work to do the following:
· End the Iraq War, which has cost our country more than 4,100 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. "We've done our part," Barkley said. "Now it's up to Iraqis to determine their own destiny."
· Balance the federal budget and pay down the $10-trillion national debt. "We can't spend our way out of problems anymore," Barkley said. "That's how we got into this situation in the first place."
· Achieve energy independence. "We've been talking about this for 30 years," Barkley said. "But we're still pumping billions and billions of dollars a year into places like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela."
· Enact real ethics reform by banning members of Congress from taking money from industries they regulate. "Ask people why they don't trust Washington and this is it," Barkley said. "We can't tell people to 'trust us' and then go and fly off to a Wall Street fundraiser."
"Travel across Minnesota and you hear about the same issues from everyone—regardless of party affiliation," Barkley said. "But until we change the culture in Congress we're not going to get the results we deserve. Liberals, conservatives and moderates can all be a part of the solution, but not if we continue to buy into the same old Washington games that put being a party man ahead of being a patriot."
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Barkley, a 58-year-old Minnesota native, served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Gov. Jesse Ventura. In November 2002, Ventura appointed Barkley to fill the final two months of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's term.
The former governor said recently that Barkley is "measured minute by minute … the most effective U.S. senator in Minnesota history."
More information is available online at www.senatorbarkley.com.