Midterm elections are right around the corner and Action News is featuring some of the candidates in a segment, Beyond the Podium.
We get to know Republican Susan Hutchison, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell.
Action News: First thing I want to talk about is tax increases you say you fought against them.
Susan Hutchison: Well, yes I have in fact I stood at Seattle City Hall when they passed what was an unconstitutional and illegal of income tax in Seattle and as you know the state voters here have voted down nine times and income tax in every form and so I stood at the City Hall after they voted for that income tax and predicted it would go down and sure and off the court shut it down but this is the kind of thing we get out of Seattle and I think the whole state is rebelling against them and the head tax, that was just ridiculous in fact it made our state look really silly in the eyes of people around the country that they would actually put a tax on and employers and employees talk about an anti-jobs tax so that’s the kind of thing I’m used to I live in Seattle but we fought it I fought it as a chairman of the state party in and I’ll continue to fight ridiculous taxes as we go forward as your US senator.
Action News: You mentioned in your video voter guide when President Trump has a policy that’s good for the state you support him and if it’s not you will talk with him can you give us an example of something you agree with a topic that you don’t agree on?
Susan Hutchison: Well I think it one of the issues around here especially in the agricultural part of the state is the question of trade and we all know that tub free trade has to be fair trade and when I talk to an off a lot of the farmers they are really appreciative of the president for how he’s fighting for them fair trade because been terrified of been on their good I’ve been on long before the president came on board but they also want a swift and to add the Terra for us and so I would be able to talk to the president say my state needs the Terra for us to come to Anand and we need to move rapidly to make sure that we have fair trade.
Action News: Switching gears little bit do you feel like Senator Cantwell listens to the side of the state tour represents focus on the other side of the state?
Susan Hutchison: There’s no question that she represents the other Washington. She’s been there for 18 years as a US senator and we just find that that she wakes up from a five year nap every cycle and campaigns for a year and expects to win. I think she really misses out because she doesn’t know the state like I know the people here and particularly in Eastern Washington she’s very well-established in Seattle and can county but in Eastern Washington where are there so many diverse interests and concerns at to find out about them at the last minute while you’re campaigning is not the way to serve your constituents.