KayLynn Roberts-McMuray
Danny Tarkanian held a roundtable discussion with Ely residents during his stop in town to discuss his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate hopeful Danny Tarkanian stopped into Ely this last Monday as part of his campaign initiative.

Several locals came out to listen to Tarkanian’s goals and his mission for his campaign. Tarkanian said that he was recruited by a lot of the Trump and GOP supporters after Dean Heller announced at a press conference that he wouldn’t support the repeal of Obamacare.

“I just felt if you’re going to run against an incumbent U.S. Senator you need as much time, to get the financing to win, so I entered on Aug 8,” he said.

Tarkanian told The Ely Times that he enjoys coming to the rural communities. “I know how important they are to our state, I know how important they are to an election, more importantly the rural communities get forgotten by bigger cities and it’s unfortunate because they have been the fabric in what’s made our state, and to forget the history of who we are is really sad.”

He also informed the crowd that he is a lifetime NRA member, describing himself as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

In a sit down roundtable discussion, he told locals, “I believe very strongly we need to repeal Obamacare. I understand the problem with affordable care act is not affordable.  All hardworking middle class Americans who pay for their own health insurance understand we can’t afford it.

“My insurance premium for my family increased 400 percent since Obamacare, deductible 500 percent, co-pay for specialists 500 percent, I feel very strongly we need to repeal Obamacare.”

Tarkanian also spoke on how strongly he felt in regards to the very touchy subject of abortion.

“I believe very strongly that we shouldn’t use taxpayers dollars to fund any organization or to perform an abortion,” he said. “I don’t agree with abortion, why do we have to have tax payers funds paying for that?”

Tarkanian mentioned that Heller was caught on tape saying that he would protect the funding of Planned Parenthood the organization that the performs more abortions than anybody.

“There’s major issues that distinguish between the two of us, and I believe we need to have someone in Washington D.C. whose going to stand firm on issues that are important to the GOP and people here in Nevada, someone who has the courage to stand by those positions and fight for those positions and I do all of those.”

Tarkanian plans on visiting Ely again later on in his campaign trail.