Three incumbents, two GOP hopefuls merit support in Oklahoma congressional elections

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: October 14, 2012

IF Mitt Romney takes the presidency from Barack Obama, the next Congress will be crucial in helping Romney rebuild the economy, reduce government spending, restore American exceptionalism and repeal Obama's takeover of health care. If Obama wins another term, the next Congress will be crucial in slowing the president's runaway train.

Our recommendations for U.S. House seats are predicated on both scenarios. Putting Romney in the White House is paramount in the Four R's scenario — rebuilding, reducing, restoring and repealing. Having a Congress that can work with him is vital to his success. An Obama victory, by contrast, demands a Congress that will stand firm against his most destructive policies.

We believe the Republican nominees in all five House districts should be elected on Nov. 6 because they would work well with Romney if he wins and work to put the brakes on Obama if he prevails.

Two of the five seats will be filled by newcomers. In District 1, Republican incumbent John Sullivan was defeated in the GOP primary. In District 2, incumbent Democrat Dan Boren chose not to run again. Although independent candidates are on the ballot in all five races, none has any prospect of winning.

In District 1, we support GOP nominee Jim Bridenstine. In District 2, we support Republican Markwayne Mullin. Their Democratic opponents, John Olson and Rob Wallace, respectively, are good men who are doubtless more conservative than most Democrats in the House today. Nevertheless, the districts and the nation are better served if the seats held by Sullivan and Boren go to Bridenstine and Mullin. A key reason is that their values and positions match up well with the three incumbents seeking another term.

Frank Lucas (District 3), Tom Cole (District 4) and James Lankford (District 5) are outstanding members of Congress. Each deserves another term. All three have Democratic and independent challengers.

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