Allen Quist, 67, has once again thrown his hat into the political ring, this time in competition with DFL Congressional Incumbent Tim Walz. First however, he will have defeat another political rival, Mike Parry-R, in an upcoming primary election coming up August 14.
Quist and his wife and campaign manager Julie Quist outlined his vision for debt reduction and the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, in a town hall meeting Friday in front of voters at the Ramada Inn in Rochester, Minnesota .
“We have to cut this debt down in the next five years or less,” explained Quist, addressing constituents. “I believe in deadlines and if you don’t set a deadline for this, it’s my experience that it will never get done.”
Quist distanced himself from his Republican opponent, Mike Parry, explaining their various stances on the debt and the deficit.
“Mike Parry doesn’t have the same position on the deficit that I do, and I think this is critical,” said Quist. “My position is we have to balance the budget in five years or less. And I believe you have to have a timeline; you have to have a deadline.”
Incumbent Tim Walz’s position on debt and deficit are even further removed from that of his challenger, Quist said.
“Mr. Walz says that the way to deal with the debt is for the government to spend even more! And so he’s following the ‘stimulate the economy’ nonsense,” Quist said. “The fact of the matter is that for 2011, 36 cents out of every federal dollar spent was borrowed. That is mega-stimulus by definition.”
“And so if stimulating the economy is the way to get out of the debt,” Quist continued. “Then we should have a huge surplus. And so what he (Walz) is saying is nonsense.”
The Star Tribune notes that Quist is able to raise $178,230 for his campaign in the second quarter, with $165,000 in the bank. He’s donated over $100,000 of his own money to the campaign as well.
According to The Star Tribune, National Democrats are backing Walz as a part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Frontline” program, which supports potentially vulnerable incumbents. In 2010, they committed over a quarter million dollars to help retain Walz’s seat in Congress.
Quist served four terms as a representative in the Minnesota House since 1982 and has made two unsuccessful runs for governor.
Mike Parry, a marketing company manager and business owner, currently represents Minnesota as a member of the State Senate for district 26.