Politics & Government

In Macon, Marshall, Goddard weigh in on taxes, health care, energy

Rick Goddard says he never ran for a student government office in high school.

But the career military man is running for Congress now, having decided there is “a fight going on for the future of America.”

Goddard signed up to run against Jim Marshall, a former Macon mayor and current member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marshall represents the 8th District, which includes most of Middle Georgia.

Goddard complains about “leadership on both sides” in Congress, but he has been embraced by Republican leaders. President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, House Minority Leader John Boehner and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich all have come to Georgia to help him campaign.

Goddard’s message is simple: Congress is broken. “Do something,” Goddard said. “Take something on. Get mad.”

Marshall, now in his third term, has railed against the system as well. He’s a Democrat but refuses to endorse his party’s presidential nominee. He did the same thing in 2004, and his voting record might best be described as moderate.

He has said many times that one of the biggest problems in Washington is partisanship. He asks to be sent back to Congress to continue working on things.

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