Kinzinger is running against incumbent, Debbie Halvorson. A recent article in the Pantagraph highlights the stark contrasts between Kinzinger and Halvorson:
The campaigns are in stark contrast on many major issues. The congresswoman voted for the federal economic stimulus legislation and health care reform and favors allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for wealthy Americans.
Her opponent has called the economic and health care legislation faulty ideas, characterizing each as big government overstepping its reach and increasing the nation's debt. He wants tax cuts extended for all taxpayers.
"People are frustrated with an economy that is slow to recover, and the congresswoman shares in that frustration," said Halvorson spokesman Anthony DeAngelo. But, people should take a step back and see that there's been nine consecutive months of private-sector job growth, so the country is moving in the right direction, he said.
Halvorson is looking to legislation that "moves forward to create new jobs and continues to invest in infrastructure and clean energy," which in turn would lead to more jobs and economic development, said DeAngelo.
The congresswoman also wants to close loopholes that encourage businesses to relocate overseas, he said.
Kinzinger says the key difference between him and his opponent is their view on how to turn the economy around: "Congresswoman Halvorson buys into this philosophy that jobs are created by the government," he said.
Congress and the president can foster an environment conducive to job growth, creating fair regulations and a positive tax structure, but it's entrepreneurs who need to actually create jobs, he said.
Government-funded job creation only adds to the national debt, Kinzinger has said.
The Republican also said that rather than blocking companies from moving overseas, the government should find ways to make staying here more attractive.
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