Thursday, August 15, 2013

Labrador: 'We Need to Rethink Wars'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Following his Aug. 14 afternoon's announcement that he would not be running for Governor of Idaho and instead was leaning toward a third term in the U.S. House, Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador hosted a standing-room only town hall meeting last night at Meridian City Hall.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Labrador addressed a list of constituent concerns, including immigration reform, the budget mess that has consumed the congressional agenda and America's involvement in international conflicts.

"We need to rethink, for example, the war [in Afghanistan]," said Labrador. "We need to rethink exactly what we're doing, what our mission is. You see people like [Arizona Republican Sen.] John McCain and he goes out there and anybody who looks at him the wrong way he wants to go to war with them. We want a strong nation that uses that strength in a very humble way. We're not going about trying to fix all the problems that are in the world."

The Press-Tribune reports that Labrador indicated that he opposed a "path to citizenship."

"What I want is a system where [those immigrants already in the country] can get in the same line that exists right now for any other person who wants to get here legally, not giving them a special path [ahead of] people who are trying to do it the right way."

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