|By Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.|
The work was challenging and lucrative, and Wilson said she enjoyed being home with her husband and children. But now she wants to return to
"I'm really concerned about the future of our country," Wilson said during a Journal interview in
"It is slowing the kind of economic growth we want to see, particularly from small businesses," Wilson added. "We've got to get this right, or we're going to leave our children a diminished nation."
Wilson built a reputation in
But this campaign, she's talking a lot more about jobs, economics and the size of government. The first three issues listed on her
In the Journal interview, Wilson stressed that, if she is elected, her votes for limited government and taxes will help lift America out of its economic malaise.
By now, Wilson's story is familiar to many New Mexicans. A
"There aren't a lot of people like me running for the
Wilson ran for the
However, Wilson said she won't agree with conservatives on everything.
"I'm not going to play games, and I will always tell the truth," she said. "People know that they can come in and talk to me and I'll listen, learn and seek to understand."
In 2008, Wilson's last year in the
Wilson said that if elected, she would work to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which President
"I think it's the wrong way to go for the country," she said. "It doesn't control costs, it increases taxes, it increases the cost of health care and we're seeing premiums already go through the roof."
Wilson said the key to reforming
"The way to control costs is to improve the health status of people who have chronic disease," Wilson said. "
Wilson contends federal regulations of banking and other businesses under Obama are hurting Americans' quality of life — regulations that others say protect consumers.
Asked for an example, she cited the Dodd-Frank mortgage lending regulation bill Obama signed into law in 2010. She said the law has prompted at least one
Wilson also said the Obama administration is waging a war on oil and gas production, a linchpin of
"The federal government is doing everything it can to kill fossil fuel use in this country," she said. "There is an agenda in this town that is seeking to reduce fossil fuel production — coal, gas and oil — and that will cause electricity and gas prices to go through the roof. And this is only the beginning."
Wilson, whose area included
The labs' defense missions — safeguarding the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile — should remain, she said. She said the Obama administration's recent decision to shutter a multibillion-dollar plutonium project at LANL in favor of a different project at
"Why did that happen?" Wilson asked. "Because the
EDUCATION: Master's and doctoral degrees in international relations from
OCCUPATION: Smallbusiness owner; former Air Force officer, former secretary of
EXPERIENCE: U.S. representative,
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