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Editorial: A GOP candidate and the shutdown

Daily Globe

Jim Hagedorn, a Blue Earth resident, announced his candidacy last month for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. Hagedorn hopes to win the Republican Party endorsement and run against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz, who is in the midst of his fourth two-year term.

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Hagedorn, who visited Worthington last week during a swing through the state’s southwest corner, hammered home the importance of a smaller government with far fewer regulations that “needlessly harass people in the private sector.” He said many have told them the government has become far too powerful and, as a result, created an atmosphere of fear through “soft tyranny.”

Like many of the conservative Republicans now in the U.S. House, Hagedorn doesn’t mince words when it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — popularly derided by its foes as Obamacare. While he condemns in a September press release “several horrible bills” enacted by “President Obama, Tim Walz and their liberal allies,” he declares: “Obamacare is the grandaddy monstrosity of them all. The cancer of Obamacare must be repealed and eradicated.”

As of Tuesday, the government had shut down — thanks in large part to a fight over Obamacare. Hagedorn’s hailing of the legislation as a “cancer” will no doubt be vilified by its supporters and embraced by many on the right. People’s take on the government’s role in health care — and the shutdown, depending on its length — will likely be of the upmost importance in November 2014.