Facing re-election Andy Barr says Trump can move forward GOP agenda in House

08/30/2016 01:27 PM

With a majority of his district Democratic in registration, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is focusing on the things that unite instead of divide.

Barr sees the election as a chance to enact the Republican agenda in Congress, something they’ve been stymied at doing during the Lexington Republican’s time in Washington D.C.

“We have two candidates running for president. We haven’t had a president who will work with us on this agenda — that’s been frustrating in my first two terms,” Barr said. “We need a president who will work with us to enact an agenda. I owe it to my constituents to support and advance an agenda that can solve these problems facing this country.”

“What discourages me is that Sec. Clinton says that she will oppose our agenda, and Mr. Trump says he will support our agenda.”

Barr said Clinton is an “unwise choice” for the USA, because she opposes the Republicans plans in the House of Representatives. Clinton is also being cast as “unfit” as more revelations become public regarding her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

“She’s simply unfit to be commander in chief,” Barr said. “The FBI in looking at her conduct as Secretary of State determined that she was extremely careless in mishandling classified information…and now we know she’s lied about it repeatedly.”

Sixty-percent of Barr’s sixth district is Democratic in registration, with Trump at the top of the ballot the Lexington based Congressman said the GOP nominee won’t be a factor in his run for a third term in office.

Barr says he doesn’t see the party divide in the district — instead focusing on issues that impact everyone in his area and around the country.

“If you just take away the labels, and I try to do this in Congress with my colleagues as well… If you listen to people and just take away all your preconceived ideas and just listen to someone’s ideas and get to know people on a personal level — what you’ll find it that it’s not like Fox News and MSNBC. What it is, is you find overlapping interest.”

The overlap Barr sees includes drug addiction, poverty, and access to capital for a small business owner, national debt and healthcare costs.

Barr is seeking a third term in Congress and faces Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper in the election.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



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