Gary Moore wants government to cut bureaucrats not programs, says race isn't tea party vs. establishment

01/26/2012 07:21 AM

The federal government should protect program funding for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other key programs and instead look to pare down the federal bureaucracy that is responsible for “over regulating.”

“I’m for protecting our commitments that have been made to our poor and to our seniors,” Moore said in an interview earlier this week as he filed his candidacy papers for the 4th congressional district.

Moore said he’s still looking into what kinds of changes he’d like to see made to the federal tax system.

Moore said the federal government needs to cut down on its spending. But Kentucky is a beneficiary state of that spending, receiving more money for programs than what Kentuckians send to Washington in tax money.

And one of the biggest reasons is the Medicaid program, a federal-state partnership program that covers health care for poor and disabled Kentuckians. Moore said those benefits, as well as Medicare for seniors, must be protected.

Moore faces state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie in the primary. And Brian Oerther, a teacher who lives in Oldham County, also has said he plans to run for the GOP nomination.

Massie has received early support from tea party organizations but Moore said “it would be a stretch” to describe the race as tea party versus “establishment.” Here’s his full answer:

Moore was referring to former Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig, who lost to Moore by 74 votes in the GOP primary for judge-executive. Flaig is now running for state representative.

One of the main problems facing Kentucky is the persistent plague of drug abuse and addiction. Some Kentucky officials, such as Attorney General Jack Conway, have called for nationwide prescription pill monitoring. But Moore said he’s not sure if he could back that.

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