ALBANY -- Republican U.S. House candidate Rick Allen told a local civic club Monday if he is elected he will fight to lower taxes, balance the budget and repeal the Affordable Care Act, which he referred to as ObamaCare.
According to Allen's campaign, the candidate also favors repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, enacted to create stability after the financial crisis in 2008.
The president of VitaRX in Columbus, a wholesale distributor of medical supplies, Allen said he's familiar with what it's like to fight high taxes and regulations.
"Government is too big," he said. "It's devouring us. Every day we're losing a little more economic opportunity and a little more freedom. We have a bloated government with too many regulations and too many taxes. Now they're trying to ram ObamaCare down our throats. Of course, that will make things much worse."
Allen said citizens should take the advice of doctors and people in the medical field and repeal what Allen called socialized medicine.
"I think a lot of this is a plan by the Socialists on the left to really cripple our country and take over the country," Allen said.
According to Allen as many as 6,000 new regulations were implemented in the pharmaceutical business this year, which have caused shortages in the industry.
"Regulations have caused all kinds of problems in all kinds of businesses around the country," he said. "And that's a big part of my campaign."
Allen said that if elected he would work to lower spending and therefore reduce the amount of money the nation borrows from China. He also said he would fight to reduce the national debt and to balance the budget.
"We are literally heading off a cliff," Allen said.
The candidate, who hopes to unseat Democrat Sanford Bishop from the 2nd Congressional District, also said the would reduce the country's corporate income tax rate to 9 percent, which he believes would help bring companies back from offshore. In addition, Allen said he would get rid of the tax code.
Allen said he favors school choice in the form of private schools, charter schools and school voucher plans, and he said he believes the federal government should not be involved in local school systems at all. Allen described himself as a constitutional conservative.
"I believe in the original vision of the founding fathers, which is a Judeo-Christian document," Allen said. "It should be looked at in those terms, and we need to get back to that."