Attorney Ben Lange of Independence is making his second run against U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley D-Iowa in the re-drawn 1st Congressional district.
Lange narrowly lost to Braley in 2010, but he hopes the district's makeover will make him victorious.
In a recent interview he discussed issues ranging from the Farm Bill to the economy.
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Ben Lange of Independence is shown emphasizing a point on a campaign stop in Marshalltown. Lange, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Bruce Braley of Waterloo in the 1st Congressional District.
Lange said no action would be taken on the Farm Bill prior to Nov. 6, but strongly emphasized final language give farmers freedom of personal choice and be market-based.
He said producers have told him they are frustrated the current bill proposes to tie-in conservation with the crop insurance program.
"Farmers want the ability to go to their private insurance salesman and buy their crop-insurance as opposed to going to a government agency and having to purchase it through them," he said.
Lange received endorsements from Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Pork Producers.
Honoring current Medicare comments to those over 55 while keeping the fund solvent for future generations is central to Lange's platform.
He proposes to make Medicare more efficient by repealing and replacing "Obamacare" with patient-centered reforms.
Lange believes more free market involvement and individual choice will eventually strengthen Medicare.
He decried the use of a 15-member governmental panel to control health care related costs, citing the power of individuals to be more efficient.
Following the "rule of law" drives Lange's position on immigration.
Lange said many immigrants working in the U. S. abided by past and current laws and granting citizenship to illegal immigrants is unfair.
Securing the southern border to stem the flow of illegal immigration is critical, he said, citing the ability of Israel to secure its border in the Mideast.
Unleashing the power of small businesses will strengthen the economy exponentially.
He said current regulations and tax rates interfere with efforts of small business owners to create jobs and purchase equipment.
Those Iowa businesses want to invest in their machinery and employees.
"They want to provide jobs and opportunities for folks," he said. "We have to understand the importance of the current tax structure if we are to encourage job growth."
The unsustainable national debt is the biggest threat to national security, according to the challenger.
He lauded U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for their efforts to accomplish difficult missions. Additionally, the U.S. must use all diplomatic, economic and military resources to keep the U.S. and free world safe.