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Oklahoma Republican Senate hopefuls tout conservative credentials during forum

Speaking in a room crowded with conservative voters, three Republican candidates seeking to represent Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate say out-of-control spending and federal overreach have put the nation on a path to ruin.
by Silas Allen Published: April 16, 2014

Those cuts have created a situation where the U.S. has lost the trust of its allies and the fear of its enemies, Shannon said.

More than it needs ideas, the Republican Party needs leaders and communicators who can communicate those ideas effectively, Shannon said.

“It’s not enough just to be right,” he said.

Lankford said he hopes to restore the nation to a system where most decisions are made locally and states have greater authority.

A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford said he sought seats on the House budget and oversight committees because he wanted to be able to advocate for smaller, more effective government.

In response to a voter’s question about U.S. membership in the United Nations, each candidate said he would advocate for the United States to withdraw from the organization. Brogdon said he’d like to see the U.N. driven off American soil.

“I think we should shut the United Nations down, run them out of New York City,” Brogdon said.

The candidates also advocated for stronger action against undocumented immigrants.

While Shannon and Lankford said they supported securing the border, Brogdon said he wants to see the U.S. border with Mexico closed outright until it can be made secure.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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