John Rea

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

August 24, 2006

Date of Birth: March 31, 1960

Party affiliation: Democrat.

Professional background: Businessman/salesman in and around the Baltimore area for the past 24 years.

Educational background: St. Mary's Grammar School in Annapolis, 1966-1975; Southern High School in Anne Arundel County, 1975-1978; and B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore, 1983.

Personal: One daughter

1) Why are you running for Congress?

I am running to make a difference and help people out.

2) What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program?

The current Medicare drug plan is not perfect, but, it is a step in the right direction. Seniors' health care should be fully funded -- including disability, assisted living, hospice visits, etc. with a small co-pay or no co-pay at all. We should increase the Medicare tax to cover this, and, reduce the income tax proportionally to offset the increase in the Medicare tax.

3) What is your position on current U.S. policy in Iraq?

I am with all other Democrats on Iraq. We have accomplished a great deal over there. We brought down a regime that was responsible for the Iraq/Iran war, the Iraq/Kuwait war and major terrorism in that region for many years. We should now think about phasing out the troops so we can protect our interests around the world.

4) What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District?

The biggest issue facing the 3rd District is the same one facing the country. It is a crime that we don't give our seniors a "better deal" when it comes to Social Security and Medicare. Let's protect those who protected us in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Let's all pull together and protect the folks that raised us and kept this country safe.

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