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Lujan Impresses at ACI Forum

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Location: Santa Fe, NM

Yesterday, Ben Ray Luján, the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico's 3rd District, showed knowledge, a willingness to address tough issues and the ability to stand up for New Mexico at a forum in Santa Fe hosted by Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"It is clear after last night's forum that Ben Ray Luján is the best prepared and most qualified to stand up for New Mexico in Congress," said Mark Nicastre, Luján's Communications Director. "Commissioner Luján outlined his proposals to advance renewable energy and ensure that all Americans have health coverage. He understands that we have to bring people together to solve the problems facing New Mexico and the country."

Candidates discussed several issues at the forum, including health care and energy.

Luján stressed the need to invest in renewable energy solutions, while relieving pain at the pump by considering to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and continuing the freeze on deposits into the reserve.

"We cannot drill our way out of this problem," said Luján referring to the current energy crisis.

New Mexico can become a leader in renewable energy, according to Lujan, by using the resources available at our national laboratories and our universities.

Luján also discussed our health care crisis that has left 47 million Americans, including 400,000 New Mexicans, uninsured.

"Health care is a right and should be treated as a right for all Americans," said Luján.

Luján said he supports universal health care that guarentees access to care. Luján elaborated, saying any health care plan should prevent denials due to pre-existing conditions, be portable from job-to-job, eliminate waste and redundancy and allow Americans to choose their own doctor.

As a New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and a former chairman, Ben Ray Luján has a proven record of standing up for New Mexico.

Ben took on Qwest when they refused to honor their promise to invest in New Mexico. Ben has been a leading proponent of renewable-energy development. As chairman of the Public Regulation Commission, he fought to require utility companies to expand their use of renewable energy. When the Bush Administration refused to address global warming, Ben joined with elected officials in California, Oregon and Washington to create regional solutions to global warming. Ben also worked to close loopholes that insurance companies used to deny health care coverage to patients.

In Congress, Luján will continue to fight for renewable energy solutions for New Mexico's working families and work to provide health care for all Americans.

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