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Jobs A Priority In 13th Congressional District Race

Posted October 18, 2004

— Life hasn't been easy in North Carolina's newest congressional district. In the past three years, more than 160,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the 13th District, which stretches from Raleigh to Greensboro.

At Enloe High School, Democratic Incumbent Brad Miller recently talked about issues that affect the youngest voters. "Health care costs are going up, college tuition is going up," Miller said.

In Cary, Republican Challenger Virginia Johnson visited with doctors who support medical liability reform.

"Tell me about your premiums," said Johnson.

So far in the race, Miller claims that Johnson's positions have not been clear enough for voters to determine their differences.

"I haven't gotten from her a clear sense of what's most important to her so it's hard for me to say that," Miller said.

Johnson has countered that the two are miles apart on issues.

"(It's a) very clear choice. I am a fiscal and social conservative and he is a very liberal Democrat," Johnson said.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Miller supports a crackdown on predatory lending.

As a former Congressional Aide, a priority for Johnson is national defense.

In the diverse 13th district, both have been talking about jobs.

"A lot of these jobs are going because of job exportation oversees," Johnson said. "I think while it's important we live in a global economy, we fairly enforce our free trade agreements."

Miller countered: "We need to protect the jobs we still have. I think our trade policy has been foolish."

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