Laramie, WY – Wyoming Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Nick Carter and Keith Goodenough are both depicting themselves as Washington outsiders and advocates for the working classes in their effort to unseat current Republican Wyoming Senator John Barrasso.
Candidate Nick Carter, an attorney from Gillette, is a political newcomer. His rival Keith Goodenough is a former Wyoming state legislator.
Goodenough is not considered a mainstream Wyoming Democrat, although he has won support in past races from conservative Democrats.
"My approach is different, my issues have been different. Every time somebody is outside the mainstream, there's a tendency to look at them with suspicion," Goodenough said.
Goodenough is known as an advocate for the poor, and for domestic violence victims. He also supports allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes, something that has frequently been defeated in Wyoming.
Democratic rival Nick Carter also comes from outside the political fold.
"I am a Democrat, and am not particularly inolved in political partisanship. I think I take a more business approach [to politics] that maybe other politicans might not do," Carter said.
Both candidates said they were disappointed in President Bush's economic policy.
"The fiscal policy has been a disaster. The bottom line is that if you're not bringing any money in, and you're spending money in Iraq, the dollar is going to go south," Carter said.
In terms of energy policy, both candidates acknowledged the lucrativeness of Wyoming's oil reserves. Goodenough warned that rampant drilling in Wyoming is not a long-term energy solution, and is dangerous for the environment.
Barrasso was appointed to the Senate seat in 2007 following the death of Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas. The winner of the November election will serve out the remainder of Thomas' term for four years.