BURNSVILLE – As Election Day approaches, two major daily newspapers endorsed John Kline’s candidacy for Congress. This week, the Star Tribune and Rochester Post-Bulletin published endorsements of Kline saying he is “above all committed to serving his country as dutifully as he did as a U.S. Marine” and they are “recommending Kline’s return” to Congress.
Star Tribune: ‘John Kline has earned sixth term’
“There’s a long list of issues – health reform and tax policy top the list – on which we disagree with Second District Republican Rep. John Kline. But that hasn’t diminished our respect for Kline’s deep knowledge of foreign affairs, the military and education issues. Or our sense that Kline, as he’s become one of Minnesota’s most powerful politicians, is above all committed to serving his country as dutifully as he did as a U.S. Marine. Kline, 65, may come at things from the far right, but he also serves with a sense of stewardship. There’s no doubt that he’ll put the country’s needs before ideology.” Star Tribune editorial, Oct. 29, 2012
Rochester Post-Bulletin: ‘We’re recommending Kline’s return for a sixth term’
“Kline hopes to see the Affordable Care Act repealed and replaced with other legislation that keeps some elements, such as provisions for pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26. Kline also would like to see liability reform, which he said would provide a savings of $50 billion to the medical industry and have a bigger impact on the economy as a whole… Kline, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, said his most gratifying legislation was the restoration of paid leave for the “Red Bulls,” more formally known as the First Brigade Combat Division of the Minnesota National Guard. The bill, which was sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Amy Klobuchar, recouped paid leave that was promised to 2,000 Minnesota soldiers and more than 49,000 troops nationwide… While Kline’s consistently conservative voting record is to the right of the redrawn district, his departure in favor of a freshman congressman would leave a gaping leadership void, which is why we’re recommending Kline’s return for a sixth term.” Rochester Post-Bulletin editorial, Oct. 29, 2012
Pioneer Press: ‘[Kline’s] values, including his belief in reasonable
limits to the size and scope of government, are a good fit’
“Among members of the Minnesota’s delegation in Washington, Republican John Kline has been the most-frequent visitor at our conference table. His values, including his belief in reasonable limits to the size and scope of government, are a good fit with the traditions of this page, and we’ve welcomed his updates on his work in the nation’s capital.” Pioneer Press editorial, Oct. 8, 2012 (Note: The Pioneer Press is not endorsing candidates this year).