New Focus For Hayhurst: Now Knows Congressional Opponent

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The fear of the unknown is no longer a problem for democrat Dr. Tom Hayhurst.

That's because he now knows whom he'll oppose in November, to try and claim a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hayhurst said on Monday he believes Marlin Stutzman is a good man, but not a lot different than a number of other Republicans who were pursuing that party's nomination.

The retired Pulmonologist has been out raising money and building support for his campaign since last summer.

Marlin Stutzman became a candidate 25 days ago, after Republican Mark Souder rocked this area with his sudden resignation.

On Saturday, Stutzman easily outdistanced the 14 other competitors trying to capture the GOP nomination of a little more than 400 precinct committeemen and women charged with picking a replacement for Souder.

Hayhurst knows that conservatives are not fond of the Obama health care reform package passed by this Congress.

He figures Stutzman will hasten to make it a key campaign issue.

Dr. Tom Hayhurst/(D) 3rd District Nominee: " My opponent is going to say, as many candidates have said around the United States, we need to dump it, reverse it, repeal the law. I don't think you should repeal it. I think there are quite a few good provisions there."

But Hayhurst was quick to say he thinks under ObamaCare, the federal government should require Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to get lower prices on medications for Medicare clients.

He says it could save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

Hayhurst won't lobby for an end to the health care reform bill, but in a conservative district, he may also try to avoid coming off as a huge supporter of it.



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