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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

District Tour Press Coverage

Zinga: I'll focus on terror fight

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

By Doug Wilson, Quincy Herald Whig

Andrea Zinga believes Americans are forgetting the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001.

During a news conference Monday at Quincy's Central Fire Station, Zinga, the Republican candidate for the 17th District congressional seat, pledged to support keeping the peace, keeping the United States strong and working toward energy independence.

"If I'm elected, I won't focus on understanding terrorists," Zinga said. "I'll focus on defending America."

Zinga said that since the U.S. was attacked by terrorists, she has been astonished to hear several politicians talk about withdrawing from the fight with al-Qaeda, the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan or other hot spots where Islamic fascists are trying to squelch freedom.

Zinga believes that many people want to coddle the enemy. Others fight against giving the government new powers that help track terrorists or prevent attacks. She does not want to see foolish decisions made in airport security, for example, to appear politically correct. Zinga said profiling at airports would make more sense than searching grandmothers and babies.

Zinga also highlighted the nation's dependence on foreign oil as part of her national security concerns. She said she wants to see ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative fuels make the nation energy independent within 10 years, adding that coal reserves in Illinois also need to be developed.

If elected, Zinga pledged to support drilling for oil on Alaska's North Slope and licensing of new refineries and other measures that would bring greater energy reserves into play.

Zinga said her opponent in the race for Congress, Democrat Phil Hare, has talked about bringing oil industry officials in for congressional hearings on their profits during the past year. She said it would be better to hold hearings on the threats represented by the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.

Hare has countered with a suggestion that Zinga return a campaign contribution from ExxonMobil and promise not to accept any more money from oil companies.

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