Beyond the Podium: Wisconsin's 6th District race

6th Congressional District candidates Rep. Glenn Grothman (R), left, and Sarah Lloyd (D). (Photos courtesy U.S. House of Representatives, Lloyd campaign)

(WLUK) -- First-term congressman Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th District, is running for re-election in November. He is facing Democrat Sarah Lloyd who is from the Wisconsin Dells area.

The 6th District covers all or parts of 11 counties in east-central Wisconsin, including the cities of Neenah, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.

Grothman tells FOX 11 if he's re-elected, he will stay focused on reducing the role of the federal government.

"Well, my opponent, she seems like a pleasant person, but she's very involved with very progressive politics, which is a lot more government. I think whenever you talk to businesses, they feel government is holding back from creating more jobs," Grothman said.

Lloyd, who lives on a dairy farm near Wisconsin Dells, has plans for more government spending, which would be covered by tax increases on wealthy people and corporations.

"We invest in our communities. We invest in our people. We invest in our infrastructure. So by infrastructure development and investment, we need to make sure our roads and bridges are doing well. We need to make sure we're investing in rail, both for people, passengers and for freight. And let's also invest in education," Lloyd said.

As for the future of health care reforms in America, Grothman says he wants the reforms made under President Obama to be repealed. He says health care got worse after the government got involved in a big segment of the American economy.

"Unfortunately, some people are on Obamacare now, so I think we're going to have to do some market-based tax credits which will allow people to continue to have insurance, but not have the downside of the government so heavily involved. By doing this, I don't think we will be driving up rates as much," Grothman said.

Lloyd says the health care law can be improved, but needs to stay. She says she wants to focus on lowering prescription drug costs.

"Prescription drug prices is a real issue right now also that's impacting affordability, and so we need to be able to negotiate for drug prices the same way that the veterans' administration can do," Lloyd said.

In Congressional races, the re-election rate for incumbents seeking another term has been more than 80 percent over the past five decades.

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