Joel Otto

U.S. Senate Hopefuls Talk Budgets

Nov 1, 2012

At a debate in Riverton Thursday night, candidates for U.S. Senate offered up their suggestions for balancing the federal budget. Contenders for the U.S. Senate seat were asked how they would avoid jumping off the proverbial fiscal cliff if elected to office.

Democratic nominee Tim Chesnut said the government needs to limit its spending overseas, cut fiscal programs, micromanage the budget for even relatively small expenditures like travel, and cut U-N costs, among other measures.

Senator John Barrasso and Democrat Tim Chestnut have a third party candidate in their race for U.S. Senate. That’s Country Party nominee Joel Otto. Otto’s focus is on reducing government spending and downsizing government. He thinks states should handle regulations over everything from education to environmental controls. "While you need to get federal involvement on some things, we need to keep those things to as few as possible.