Kerri mentions that Rep. Kline has pharmaceutical companies as donors and asks "are you worried about the appearance?"
"I tend to get contributions from people who are supportive of the private sector...I get small dollars and big dollars." He says "contributors look to see the incumbent and where they stand on policy" and "it's not the reverse."
Obermueller has a lot of trial lawyers as contributors.
Obermueller says that he is a lawyer and gets contributions from friends and colleagues who are lawyers, too.
"I think people do come to you because they believe in what you are trying to do and not the other way around."
"The big drivers of deficits and debts are entitlements," says Kline. "Medicare: you've got to turn the spending curve down. Social security has to be addressed. You've got to do something so you could slowly start raising the retirement age."
He adds that raising the retirement age has bi-partisan support.
To what age the new retirement age would be the subject of debate says Kline. Does not give a particular age.
"I don't know. It's not my proposal," Kline says when kerri asks him about the new retirement age.
"I clearly do not support raising the retirement age." Says the people "swinging hammers" for a living can't do that after a certain age.
Kerri to Kline: "You are a strong ally of Boehner's. When have you not voted with the Speaker?"
Kline cites his vote against No Child Left Behind. Kline says he works with George Miller, a House Democrat, on charter school lto help legislation. Says he's "bucked John McCain" to work with Senator Klobuchar on getting aid to troops.
Question for Obermueller:
"Is there an initiative of Kline's that you support?"
Obermueller says he applauds Kline's support for troops.
And now, to Kline. Kerri asks, "Does your challenger have an idea you support?"
It is a good idea to cut government fraud and waste. He and Obermueller agree on that.