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Jill Schrum/MDN Rick Becker, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at a joint service club meeting in Minot on Monday.

US Senate candidate Rick Becker wants to change the US government’s spending habits.

“We are in debt now. We have lost leverage because of our indebtedness to enemy nations. We have put ourselves at risk in many ways because of these debt expenses. We created inflation.” he said “That’s why I’m in this race. The problem cannot be solved by sending back the people who caused the problem. We need someone to stand up and say no.”

Becker, who is running as an independent, spoke Monday at a joint meeting of the Minot Rotary, Kiwanis and Sertoma clubs. The clubs also plan to host other U.S. Senate candidates, Republican John Hoven and Democrat Katrina Christiansen, ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

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Becker, a Bismarck plastic surgeon who has served in the North Dakota House of Representatives for the past 10 years, sought the state Republican Party’s endorsement, which went to Hoven.

“I really stand by the North Dakota Republican Party platform.” he said “My interest and my enthusiasm for those principles put me in that independent Republican category. I find that sometimes I don’t get along with the party leadership, but I don’t care because I think it’s always important to put principle before party.

“I always talked about principles. I think that’s what matters. That is what I look for in any elected official. He added.

Becker was critical of the votes of Sens. Hovan and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for the Democrats’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. He said the bill would contribute to inflation. He said it had little to do with infrastructure but more to do with green energy and carbon credits.

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“I suspect the strongest reason to vote for it is to give hundreds of billions of dollars to private companies to develop technologies to push carbon dioxide underground.” Becker said. “Technically I am fine. I am opposed to spending hundreds of billions of US taxpayer money on it.

Becker said he respects the debt ceiling and won’t raise it any further. He will vote for a plan that reallocates spending to achieve a balanced federal budget. Several such plans have been introduced over the years, he said.

Becker also responded to questions on various other matters.

– Abortion: Becker said he favors banning abortion and supports using programs to ensure families have childcare, education and other needs met.

– Ukraine: Although he qualified that he might change his mind after seeing intelligence, at this point he said: “I’m not so sure we want to spend that money. I’m not so sure that we as a nation are so deeply in debt, that we can’t fully take care of our own problems, and that (should be) $60 billion should be sent to another country.

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– Immigration: He said the US should build a southern border wall but accept immigrants who understand the American Dream and see opportunity for their families.

– Federal crop insurance: Becker said he doesn’t want to eliminate federal crop insurance, but would like to see private options. “It’s there and it will continue to be there, but we shouldn’t be afraid to look at ways to make it better. There are some simple things we can do to reduce abuse and increase efficiency. he said

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