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October 12, 2010

Marino wants less government, lower taxes

SUNBURY — Less government, creating jobs and lower taxes are among the reasons Tom Marino said voters should support him in the 10th Congressional District election Nov. 2.

Marino, a Republican from Cogan Station, Lycoming County, who will face the two-term Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, visited The Daily Item editorial board Tuesday to discuss what he plans to do for the district if elected.

“I believe we need to lower taxes, have less spending and put more money in taxpayers’ pockets,” Marino said. “We need to stop the government spending that is going on because it is obscene.”

Marino spoke adamantly about the campaign advertisements that have been airing on television stations across the district, accusing Carney of foul play.

“Everything that the Carney campaign is trying to do is completely false,” Marino said. “The ads are blatant lies, and I will address that after the election. They are waiting for me to bite on one of the ads, but I won’t go down that road.”

Focusing on the issues and the concerns of the people of the 10th district is what he wants to do, Marino said.

“If you’re going to run for office, you better have the backbone to talk to the voters and be person enough to talk to them because they pay your salary,” he said.

“I go on the radio, and I take calls and listen and answer the people, unlike my opponent, who only goes on and speaks. He asks what I am hiding? What is he hiding?”

The war abroad, Marino said, cannot end until all terrorists are eliminated.

“We are not done in Afghanistan, and I don’t think we can be done until we end that decisively,” Marino said.

“The public has to be involved in the war and be informed on exactly what is going on. I don’t think there is an end date because I believe until a military commander comes and tells us to leave, we should listen to them. If that happens, then I would put my faith in them.”

Job creation is one of Marino’s top priorities, he said.

‘We need to create jobs that produce a product,” he said. “I’m a believer that we need far less governing, and we need to cut spending and downsize government.”

Marino supports funding educational programs.

“We have four and five generations of people on welfare,” he said. “They have no incentives. We need to have good ideas in this country, and we need to give more incentives.”

The United States should be No. 1 in education worldwide, the candidate said.

“No doubt about it that we should be the leader,” Marino said. “I don’t like the Department of Education the way it is now. I would rather see spending for good educational programs.”

Marino said he wants a fair and balanced government, and if elected, he would try to see that happen.

“I want to work for the good of the country,” he said. “We need to keep it civil and do what is in the best interest of the country.”

— E-mail comments to fscarcella@dailyitem.com.

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