Republican Sen. Richard Burr filed for re-election Monday, saying he thought his record of supporting small government and low taxes was in tune with Tar Heel voters.
Burr said Congress has been at odds with public opinion on such issues as health care, tax policy, spending and debt, Rob Christensen reports.
"I continue to be disgusted with the amount of spending that Congress continues to undertake, the size of the debt," Burr said at a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Winston-Salem. "As the father of a 24 and 25-year old, the most important thing that I can do is to positively impact the future of my children and eventually my grandchildren."
He said his special focus will be in trying to restart the economy. He said he was also "passionate" about finding a market-based solution to the health care problem, noting that he has been a vocal critic of Democratic plans now being considered by Congress.
Although this year looks like an anti-incumbent year, Burr said he believes he has a record he can take to the voters. Burr starts the race with relatively low favorability ratings. Burr said that is a reflection of North Carolina being a high growth state, where many voters did not live in the state when he first won in 2004, defeating Democrat Erskine Bowles.
Burr said he expected to raise at least $15 million for his campaign. But he also said was also wary of the 2008 campaign in which the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $11 million on behalf of Democrat Kay Hagan to help defeat Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Burr said the key was to make sure the North Carolina Senate race was not close this fall, and therefore not a target of national Democrats .