PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As Pennsylvanians head to the polls next Tuesday to choose their U.S. Senate nominees, inflation is a key issue on the minds of many.
In interviews with Republican candidates for the position, KDKA political editor Jon Delano asked each for their solution.
Rising prices at the gas pump, at the grocery store, at a favorite restaurant, inflation hurts us all. Seven Republicans want to be their party’s nominee to replace US Senator Pat Toomey.
Recent polls suggest a statistical link between famed TV doctor Mehmet Oz, businessman and hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick and cable TV commentator Kathy Barnette. Real estate developer Jeff Bartos, former ambassador Carla Sands and Philadelphia attorneys Sean Gale and George Bochetto are also on the ballot.
Most had more than one solution to the inflation problem.
“We need to stop the overspending,” McCormick said, adding, “Energy policies have transformed us overnight from a net exporter of energy in America to a net importer, and that’s driven up the price of fuel. “.
McCormick has a third solution: “Make Trump’s tax cuts permanent and deregulate.
“It’s the Federal Reserve,” Barnette said. “That’s why we have inflation. And right now, if you turn on your television, everyone is looking to the Federal Reserve to fix what they broke.”
“In the United States Senate, I will do whatever I can to help our fellow Pennsylvanians clean up government, clean up bureaucracy, put pipelines in the ground. And until we can put the pipelines in earth, make sure our gas, oil, energy resources are transported to market, but it makes sense,” Bartos said.
“Stop the out of control spending, which means I’m not going to vote on any of these big bad deals, big bad bills that are stuffed with Green New Deals, regulation,” Sands said.
“Inflation is caused by printing money and spending out of control,” Gale said. “That’s what’s causing it. And we’ve lost control in those two places, and you really have to start getting a grip on that.”
“We need federal legislation that compels the federal government to have balanced budgets. We can’t afford this crazy spending deficit anymore,” Bochetto said.
Despite several requests, Oz refused to participate, saying he was unavailable.