BY MIKE CETERA
Here's what I learned during this newspaper's editorial board endorsement session Monday with 14th Congressional District GOP candidates Chris Lauzen and Jim Oberweis: In broad strokes, these two share fairly similar views on the issues of the day.
They both believe the government wastes too much of your money, although neither would offer specific programs to cut (Lauzen did name the $207 million earmarked for the Prairie Parkway as wasteful spending, but said he would like to see the money redirected -- not cut -- toward local road projects).
They both want to increase border protection, although neither would favor attempting large-scale deportation of the illegal immigrants already here (Oberweis, in particular, thinks business regulations meant to discourage hiring illegal workers would result in illegal immigrants leaving on their own).
The both generally support U.S. military policy in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
With so much in common, maybe it's the duo's rhetoric over whether Oberweis is the candidate of clout or whether Lauzen is a do-nothing senator that truly separates the two. As Rich Miller at The Capitol Fax Blog pointed out, the sniping is "going way over the top."