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Paul Mitchell running for fourth congressional seat

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"We need people who will lead this country, who say what they mean and do what they say and less career politics," Paul Mitchell said.

Mitchell is running for Michigan's fourth congressional seat.

"I decided to run because I was concerned and frustrated with the federal government, with career politicians," he said.

Mitchell is running against John Moolenaar and lesser-known candidate Peter Konetchy. They face off in the party's primary on Aug. 5.

"I believe in focusing on solutions, not finding the problem and then finding someone and blaming them for it. Rather, let's find a solution to the problems that face our country," Mitchell said.

Moolenaar said Mitchell is just too liberal for the people of this district. Mitchell disagrees with that statement.

"I've been a conservative supporter for quite a period of time - over $200,000 for conservative causes in the past year," Mitchell said.

Mitchell calls himself the conservative-voting, big government-fighting, job-creating outsider. He said he knows what he'll do if he makes it to Washington.

"I intend to be part of a Congress that sends to the Obama administration, to the president, a bill that reduces the size and the cost of the federal government significantly. Let the president decide he doesn't like the budget, he doesn't like the will of the people, let him decide to close the government," Mitchell said.

Ultimately, he said, it's up to the voters of the fourth congressional district to choose the right conservative - someone who can make a difference in the nation's capital. Mitchell believes that someone is him.

"We need people who will lead this country, who say what they mean and do what they say and less career politics. That's why I'm running. That's why I intend to win," Mitchell said.

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