Amodei, Koble Talk CD2 Issues
Republican Congressman Mark Amodei and democrat Clint Koble are squaring off to represent Nevada's Second Congressional District.
Congressman Mark Amodei is running for his fifth election to the House of Representatives. Republicans have always held Nevada's Second Congressional District, but his democratic challenger, Clint Koble, is hoping to change that.
"I want to represent them," Koble, D-Congressional Candidate said. "I want this job. I want to be in Washington."
Amodei says he is running on the issues, saying his record speaks for itself.
"If you want somebody to do the job, we think we're pretty strong," Amodei, R-Nevada said. "If you want a political talking point athlete, quite frankly, I'm not your guy."
One of the biggest debates is still health care. Some republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Koble wants to fix the ACA's problems. Amodei says there are a lot more complexities with health care than many realize because of the dynamic between government, hospitals and insurance companies.
"No bill starts out perfectly and neither did the ACA but it was a good bill," Koble said. "I think it should've been fixed rather than dismantled, and I think there should have been measures done to lower some of the costs."
"You need to get down into those nuts and bolts and go 'Okay, this is how we're going to fix this,' and I think from a Nevada perspective, we need to control our own destiny, and that is there's some pretty smart people out there in the insurance business." Amodei said. "Let's hire some and let them run it here in Nevada."
Koble has experience in the private sector and in government. President Obama appointed him as the State Executive Director of Farm Service Agency for the USDA. He has lived in Reno since 1991 and has worked in rural Nevada for 12 years.
"I feel I have a really good balance and I feel I can talk to anybody about any issue because of these varied experiences that I've had here in Nevada," Koble said.
Amodei says CD2 is not unique but it does have a wide range of issues. One unique feature is that 85 percent of Nevada's land is managed by the federal government.
"There's multiple land-use issues, everywhere," Amodei said. "There's fires, there's health care, there's immigration, there's infrastructure. Here in the Truckee Meadows, you've got Spaghetti Bowl issues, you've got regional transportation issues in terms of the bus fleet and modernizing that."
Amodei is in northern Nevada during the August recess. He says he is staying busy, talking to Nevadans about the issues coming out of Washington.
He says last year's tax cuts are showing positive signs during the short-term, and he is paying close attention to their potential impact on the budget deficit.
"Am I worried about it? Yeah, I'm worried about it, but guess what. Through the first quarter that it was in effect, tax collections exceeded by a rate of double what the projections were," Amodei said.
Koble says getting a hold on the deficit is important. Especially, since the U.S. is spending nearly $500 billion on interest this fiscal year.
"When we're spending countless billions of dollars on interest, when we could be spending it on programs, we're really missing the mark and we have to address that," Koble said.
Nevada's economy continues to thrive. The unemployment rate is 4.6 percent and it has 46,000 more jobs than it did one year ago. Both candidates want to keep that momentum going. Regardless of who comes out on top, both say the job requires hard work and looking out for Nevada's best interests.
"I'm an old farm kid and we work until the job is done, not by the time clock...when the job is done," Koble said. "So, I want to work hard to represent the citizens of Nevada."
"We don't dog the other people in the race," Amodei said. "If I can't convince you to support me because I'm doing a good job, then you shouldn't vote for me. So it's an attribute that's kind of unique these days. We choose to campaign based on why we think we can continue doing a good job for you."