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Jill Schramm / MDN Rick Becker, an independent candidate for the US Senate, speaks at a joint service club meeting in Minot Monday.

US Senate candidate Rick Becker wants to change the spending habits of the American government.

“We now find ourselves in a huge debt, we have not only ruined our future, we have ruined the future of our children and grandchildren. We have lost influence because of our debt against an enemy nation. We have put ourselves at risk in many ways because of debt spending this. We cause inflation,” he said. “That’s why I’m in this race. We can’t fix the problem by sending back the people who have caused the problem. We need someone to stand up and say no.”

Becker, who is running as an independent, spoke Monday at a joint meeting of the Minot Rotary, Kiwanis and Sertoma clubs. The clubs plan to also host other US Senate candidates, Republican John Hoeven and Democrat Katrina Christiansen, ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

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A Bismarck plastic surgeon who has served in the North Dakota House of Representatives for the past 10 years, Becker has sought the support of the state Republican Party, which went to Hoeven.

“I really stand for the platform of the Republican Party of North Dakota,” he said. “My interest and enthusiasm for those principles have put me in the category of independent Republicans. I find myself sometimes at odds with the leadership of the party, but I don’t care because I think it’s important to always put the principles above the party.

“I’ve always been about principles. I think that’s what’s important. That’s what I’m looking for in an elected official,” he added.

Becker was critical of the votes of Sens. Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, R-ND, for the Democrats’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. He said the bill contributed to inflation. It has little to do with infrastructure but more to do with green energy and carbon credits, he said.

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“I suspect that the strongest reason to vote is to give hundreds of billions of dollars to private companies to develop technology to push carbon dioxide underground,” Becker said. “I’m fine with technology. I’m just opposed to spending hundreds of billions of US taxpayer money on it.

Becker said he would respect the debt ceiling and not continue raising it. He will choose a plan that reallocates spending to get to a balanced federal budget. Several such plans have been introduced over the years, he said.

Becker also responded to questions about a variety of other issues.

– Abortion: Becker said he favors banning abortion and supports the use of programs in place to ensure childcare, education and other needs are met for the family.

– Ukraine: Although he is qualified that he can change his mind after seeing intelligence, at this point, he said, “I’m not sure we should be spending money there. I’m not sure we as a heavily indebted nation, unable to really take care of our own problems, (should) send $60 billion to other countries.

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– Immigration: The United States should build a southern border wall but accept immigrants who understand the American dream and see opportunities for their families, he said.

– Federal crop insurance: Becker said he doesn’t want to eliminate federal crop insurance but wants to see a private option. “It exists and it will continue to exist, but we should not be afraid to look at ways to make it better. There are some simple things we can do to reduce abuse and increase efficiency,” he said.

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