US Senate Candidate Scott Schaben Visits Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa, Iowa – Getting attention is the name of politics, and those are usually obtained by having vastly different ideas from the norm, or by having deep enough pockets.
Scott Schaben is a Republican candidate working to replace Tom Harkin (D) in the U.S. Senate. He was also in Oskaloosa on Saturday talking about why he is running for office.
Becoming a “voice for the everyday Iowan,” is something Schaben hopes he can do if elected. “When you look at the different factions within the Republican Party,” which Schaben said he was concerned a candidate would be unable to unite and expand the party, and then fall short in the general election. “This is too big of a race to pass up and just let Republicans in Iowa be assigned a candidate,” Schaben said.
“We need a candidate who appeals to a broader base and we need one who can bring the voice of reason, and somebody who can unite the party,” Schaben said. “That’s why I threw my hat in the ring.”
Schaben has broken ground in Iowa as a Republican Candidate who believes that government shouldn’t discriminate in regards to who they may want to marry.
The National Debt is something Schaben loves to talk about. “I’m the first candidate to talk about a path to solvency.” Schaben said that the remainder of the candidates like to talk about balancing the budget, “even if you balance the budget, we’re still 17 trillion dollars in debt. They like to say we need a balanced budget amendment, and they use that to hide behind.”
“People don’t want more of the same,” said Schaben, in regards to discussion on the national debt and a Constitution amendment for a balanced budget.
The 2nd Amendment is another topic Schaben is campaigning on. “People consistently say, I’ll protect the 2nd Amendment, I’ll support the 2nd Amendment. I’m a member of this group, I’m a member of that group. OK, well what are you going to do to protect it?” Schaben asked. “It’s just the same rhetoric.”
“How I set myself apart, I point out the fact we have a quarter-million permit to carry holders here in the State of Iowa. If I get to D.C. I would introduce legislation for a 50 state conceal-and-carry permit for the every-day American,” says Schaben. “That’s something that can be obtained.”
Schaben has been campaigning on veterans benefits. “Look at what’s going on now. Once again I was ahead of the game.”
“From day one, I’ve been talking about clearly defined veterans benefits,” said Schaben, who served 6 years in the US Navy.
Schaben said that he would propose legislation that would help soldiers know that upon their day of discharge “exactly which benefits they will or will not receive.”
When it comes to the application process for veterans to receive help, Schaben said, “They should not have to wait 4 to 6 weeks, or God forbid have their application put in some sort of secret file so somebody else can collect a bonus. If that’s your brother or sister, you’d be furious. But yet, that’s what’s going on right now.”