LEE COUNTY, Fla. - With four months to go until the August primary, the candidates for Congress in Southwest Florida are making their positions known.
Republican State Representative Gary Aubuchon was the latest to unveil his positions on budget issues on Monday.
"It begins by getting the current budget balanced. And that is critical because right now we are simply putting debt on the next generation of Americans," Aubuchon said. His plan includes ideas like capping spending, a balanced budget amendment, and reforming expensive entitlement programs. Most are ideas that echo top concerns for Republicans.
Aubuchon is also calling for an end to Congressional pensions to save money. Opponent Paige Kreegel says he pitched a similar pension reduction at the state level in 2011.
Candidate Chauncey Goss says where voters need to pay attention is how the candidates plan to accomplish their goals.
"I've got a trillion dollar plus deficit, that means there's a trillion dollars worth of spending I need to cut, so where do I cut that spending? That's where the devil's in the details," Goss said.
Goss and Kreegel both advocate reviewing costly entitlement programs.
Among the other Republican candidates, Byron Donalds' website calls for ending automatic budget increases.
Brian Owens supports a hard spending freeze and spending cuts.
Joe Davidow calls for a flat tax, on top of a balanced budget.
Former radio talk show host Trey Radel's campaign says his camp will release its budget ideas on its timeline, but says cutting spending and getting government out of the way will be key.
Aubuchon says the government needs to learn to live within its means.
"There are always more wants than the government has the resources to meet, and its important to have people to stand up and say no when saying no is appropriate," Aubuchon said.
The leading Democrat in the race is Jim Roach. On his website, he calls for closing tax loopholes as a key part of a strategy to reduce the deficit.