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Republican Challanger Dr. Monica Wehby Visits Campaign Rally In Eugene

Desmond O'Boyle

The Republican nominee for Oregon’s U.S. Senate seat, Doctor Monica Wehby, stopped by a campaign kick-starter rally Friday. About 25 supporters applauded as the challenger arrived in a small office near downtown Eugene. Wehby is running against incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. Wehby’s campaign is focusing their strategy on the State’s failed Cover Oregon health exchange. Wehby says the biggest problem with the health exchange was it was overreaching. She favors a free market “patient-centered” approach that includes more collaboration with doctors.

Wehby: “Basically what happened was all of the choices were taken away from people and they were told what they had to buy, big policies, big all inclusive policies, whether they liked it or not or whether or not they needed it. And mandating people what to buy is not just the right strategy. Some people want big bills and whistles plans, some people want just bare bones plans.”

Wehby also emphasized security as a major issue, saying she disagreed with the Presidents’ foreign policy. She also favors securing borders and controlling government spending. Senator Jeff Merkley stopped by his campaign office in Eugene Thursday to meet with supporters.

UPDATE 10:30 AM: The political ad group linked to the conservative Koch brothers has canceled television ad time reserved in October for Dr. Monica Wehby. Freedom Partners spokesman James Davis says the group will continue to tun ads through September and may re-purchase the October ads depending on polling results for Wehby.

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