With KSTP's Tom Hauser as Moderator
Brian Barnes Press Conference on Erik Paulsen's Agenda Against Women
Erik Paulsen and close ally Todd Aiken of Missouri have put the spotlight on their shared agenda. In this particular case, redefining and delegitimizing rape and incest by voting in support of House Resolution 3. Using terms like forcible rape or legitimate rape revictimizes women and I think that's wrong. I think of my wife Jennifer and our newborn baby girl that's just 3 1/2 weeks old. As a husband, as a father, I am appalled, appalled at his votes against my wife, my daughter and against all women.
The voters of this district deserve the facts about the agenda of these extremists in Congress like Erik Paulsen, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Aiken, and Paul Ryan. . . Erik Paulsen masquerades as a moderate. He talks like Jim Ramstad, but votes like Michelle Bachmann and Todd Aiken. The fact is Erik Paulsen, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Aiken, and Paul Ryan all vote with each other over 90% of the time.
Fact: Erik Paulsen voted to defund planned parenthood. So did Bachmann, Aiken, and Ryan.
Fact: The Affordable Care Act will end the practice of charging women more for their heatlh care than men. Erik Paulsen voted against that. So did Bachmann, Aiken, and Ryan.
Fact: Erik Paulsen voted against fair pay for women. So did Bachmann, Aiken, and Ryan.
This district has a long proud tradition of electing moderates to Congress. That ended in 2008 with the election of Erik Paulsen. The voters of this district deserve a real moderate. And what's more, they deserve a series of debates.
Brian Barnes, former Navy Reserve Officer, manages global sales and marketing for the marine division of a Fortune 200 manufacturing company. He is running to represent Congressional District 3 in the U.S. Congress. Barnes states that he learned the values of honesty, integrity and hard work from his parents, as an Eagle Scout, at the Merchant Marine Academy, and in the Navy Reserve. His mother is a public school teacher and his father a technician.
Congressional candidate Brian Barnes talks about Rep. Erik Paulsen's support for the Paul Ryan Budget, and the cost of the Ryan Budget to Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. Erik Paulsen voted to end Medicare for people currently 54 by turning it into a limited voucher system that will cost them at least an additional $6,000 per year. Erik Paulsen voted to cut $150 billion from our children's education and $100 billion out of science, technology, and medical research. Listen to Barnes' 3 minute video.
“You and I believe in the common dream that everyone deserves a fair shake, that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that anyone can make it if they try. We all need to play by the same rules… whether you are on Wall Street or on Main Street… no exceptions,” Brian Barnes.
Watch the 4 minute video profile of Brian Barnes, candidate for U.S. Congress in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, with his wife Jennifer.
A baby girl, Brinley Piper Barnes, joined Jennifer and Brian on July 28th. She was born at 19.5 inches and 5 lbs. 14 oz.
In regard to Brinley's future, Brian writes on his website:
"Jenn and I wonder what the future will hold for her. But for us, it is not enough to wonder and hope. I will not stand by while my congressman votes against women. I will not be silent while he votes to break the promises our country has made to our seniors. I will not simply wonder why he supports writing discrimination into our state’s constitution. And finally, I will not just hope that he puts Minnesotans interests before his own career in politics."