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    Rick Crawford runs for Congress District 1

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    According to 2010 reports, the national deficit has reached the trillions. The exact area Rick Crawford will base his campaign around.

    "I think our country is a little bit out of wack financially speaking. I want to restore fiscal discipline, financial responsibility, cut spending, reduce deficit and try and reinstill some common sense," says Crawford.

    Washington has recently joined a pool of 13 other states to legalize gay marriage, and of those, Arkansas is not one of them. And if Crawford were elected, he intends to keep it that way.

    "I don't support gay marriage," says Crawford. "I think the definition of marriage is defined in traditional American values as one man and one woman. I think we should respect that," he adds.

    Sticking beside his constitutional conservative values, the congressional candidate believes gun restrictions should be left alone.

    "I think the constitution is very clear about our right to keep and bare arms. We have a lot of laws in the books to regulate that. I think we're overregulated in that regard," Crawford says.

    We asked him about a waiting period for handguns as well.

    "Well, I'm not crazy about an extended waiting period," says Crawford. "I mean it depends on I guess the type of firearm you're trying to buy, but I don't think that you can apply a blanket. One size fits all," he adds.

    And on the spectrum of health care, Crawford says he's a free market guy, but says reforms efforts that would hamper the quality of the current health system would be pointless.

    "Our country has the highest quality of care in the world. I want to keep it that way. So I think we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water," Crawford says.

    In past years, enemy combatants have set the stage for ongoing debate to whether they should be protected under the U.S. Constitution.

    The most recent incident being that of the Christmas Day bomber. Crawford says they're enemy combatants and should be treated as such.

    "We're dealing with enemy combatants and we can split hairs over it," he says. "We certainly don't need to mirandize foreign nationals," Crawford adds.

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