Senate Frontrunner Champions Change During Stop In Fort Wayne

By Jeff Neumeyer

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- It may seem like a tough sell for Dan Coats to portray himself as an agent for "change", but that's exactly the position the U.S. Senate candidate feels he is in four days before Hoosiers vote in the mid-term elections.

Coats made a campaign stop in Fort Wayne on Friday.

Coats, who served in the senate during the 1990's, wants his old job back, and he's way ahead in the polls over Democrat Brad Ellsworth, at least in part, because Americans want the kind of change that Republicans like Coats are promising to deliver.

Coats dropped in to the Deister Machine Company on East Wayne Street around 9 a.m. to meet with management and workers.

Refusing to claim victory too early, Coats told reporters, “It ain't over til Tuesday, though I like where I'm standing.”

Coats says voters are practically demanding curtailed federal spending and drastic action to cut the national debt.

He says national defense and veterans benefits need funding protection, but that cuts to most everything else are in play.

Dan Coats/(R) Candidate for U.S. Senate: " I've suggested with entitlements we keep whole the people who are currently in the program and those nearing retirement, they've counted on those. But long term structural changes I think are needed to get where we need to go."

Coats says if elected, he plans to re-introduce the line item veto, stop earmarks, and start the process to enact a balanced budget amendment.

It'll be January before we see if the majority of Congress has an appetite for such dramatic reforms.

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