Rick Nolan: We Will Raise Taxes on Super Rich


Video by Kristin Larsen, story by Jacob Wheeler

Following his victory speech and calls for party unity Wednesday, Congressional candidate Rick Nolan confirmed Republican Chip Cravaack’s charges that, if elected to serve Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, the DFL’er would raise taxes — “on the super rich in this country, and use that money to start balancing our budget and start rebuilding America.”

Nolan prevailed Tuesday over Democratic challengers Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson in a heated primary election in the Iron Range. If he beats incumbent Cravaack in November, the DFL will take back the congressional seat held by Jim Oberstar since the 1970s. Cravaack narrowly defeated Oberstar in the GOP’s landslide 2010 victories.

“The way we will win this is wearing out our shoe leather, going door to door, person to person, neighbor to neighbor, and talking about the values of this great DFL party,” said DFL state chairperson Ken Martin.

Nolan, Clark and Anderson all made a show of party unity on Wednesday, appearing simultaneously behind the podium together.

“We’re all united,” said Nolan. “United in our desire to defeat Congressman Chip Cravaack. We have sharp differences in the direction and future that this country has to take. If the elderly want Medicare to be there for them, and the young want Medicare to be there for them when they retire, they better vote for the Democratic candidates. The same can be said for Social Security.”

During the primary debates, Nolan took issue with Medicare and Social Security being considered “entitlements”. These are programs paid for by American citizens who are deserving of them.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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