My big idea for fixing Washington: Spend less.
That's what I did as secretary of state, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished:
■ We improved efficiency to cut our spending by 15 percent.
■ We worked to fight voter fraud and corruption and wrote a bill that is now law to protect the integrity of our voter registration that has kept ACORN out of Kentucky.
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■ We were the first state agency to voluntarily post expenses online so you can see how your tax dollars are being spent.
I'm running for U.S. Senate because we must change the freewheeling, spendthrift ways of Washington. The way to turn our economy around is to get our fiscal house in order. We must return confidence to the markets by applying common sense to the federal budget. And we must turn to the real source of recovery: freeing small businesses to create jobs.
Both Republicans and Democrats have been irresponsible.
That's why I've proposed common-sense conservative reforms, like a balanced-budget amendment and reforms to the budgeting and appropriations processes to increase oversight and force limits on spending. We must end the bailouts, unwind government ownership in private businesses and end wasteful government programs.
We can achieve more energy independence by passing an all-of-the-above national energy policy that focuses on increasing our domestic energy production. Additionally, I support investments in clean-coal research and technology to help create new Kentucky jobs.
I'd be honored to have your vote on May 18.