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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Senator in Congress

October 31, 2012

Name: Sheldon Whitehouse
Address: Newport, RI
Date of Birth: October 20, 1955
Phone Number: (401) 489-2501
E-Mail Address: HYPERLINK ""
Office Sought: U.S. Senate
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: U.S. Senator
Education: Yale University (B.A.), University of Virginia (J.D.)
Political Background: Rhode Island Attorney General
Community Activities (Five or fewer): I’ve enjoyed participating in coastline cleanups and other ocean conservation activities, as well as volunteering at soup kitchens.
Why have you decided to run for office for first time (or again)? I am committed to the people of Rhode Island and believe I can continue to serve them effectively in the U.S. Senate. My record shows that I will stand up for the middle class values that matter to Rhode Islanders, from Social Security to Pell Grants to Medicare benefits. While we’ve accomplished a great deal, I think there’s a lot more to be done and I hope to continue the fight for Rhode Island’s middle class in Washington.
What are your platforms/plans for the area if elected? Rhode Island has been through some tough times in the last few years, so I will continue to focus on jobs. I’ve toured Rhode Island to speak with business owners and workers and hear what they need to put people back to work and gain the skills necessary to find good-paying jobs. Here’s what we should do: First, we need to focus on infrastructure improvements that will put people back to work right away. Whether it’s replacing crumbling columns under I-95 or upgrading our ports, infrastructure is a good first step in putting Rhode Islanders back to work. Second, we should promote manufacturing here in Rhode Island, not in China or Central America. That means ending the tax incentives that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas. Instead, let’s give the tax breaks to companies that bring jobs home. Third, we need to give businesses incentives to hire. I’ve cosponsored legislation that would give businesses tax credits for hiring new employees; we need to get that passed. And finally, we need to get Rhode Island workers the skills they need to do the work of the 21st Century. Through supporting work-training initiatives like the PACE program at CCRI, we can empower workers to fill the positions that are available right now.
While jobs are my top priority, there’s more that needs to be done. For one thing, I promise to defend Social Security and Medicare benefits. These are sacred promises we’ve made to our seniors, and I will never allow them to be cut. I plan to continue the fight for fairness in our tax system. This year, I sponsored a bill to instate the Buffett Rule, so that no billionaire pays a lower tax rate than middle class Rhode Islanders. I will also carry on the battle against the flow of unlimited secret money into our politics. We need to amend the Constitution so that Super PACs and other outside groups don’t use corporate money to drown out the voices of hard-working Americans. And I pledge to defend and strengthen Pell Grants so that our children can afford college and a chance to succeed.

Name: Barry Hinckley
Address: 16 Gibbs Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Date of Birth: April 18, 1966
Phone Number: (401) 921-3477
E-Mail Address:
Office Sought: U.S. Senate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Occupation: Business Owner
Education: University of Colorado, History
Political Background: None
Community Activities (Five or fewer):
Why have you decided to run for office for first time (or again)? To ensure a viable and prosperous future for our children
What are your platforms/plans for the area if elected? Please visit

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