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During the candidate forum at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit held at The Greenbrier Resort, Aug. 29, U.S. House of Representatives candidates for the First District Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Glen Gainer joined Second District Republican candidate Alex Mooney and Democratic candidate Nick Casey diverged from the usual political talking points.

Instead of focusing on how they would exercise leadership if elected, the candidates discussed who they would choose for House Leadership and why.

For incumbent McKinley, a choice for house leadership would be “someone who cares about West Virginia and someone who relates to rural America, small towns and small town issues.”

Conservative, thoughtful and common sense are additional attributes McKinley said he would look for when making a choice regarding leadership.

West Virginia State Auditor Gainer, who said he is “disappointed with leadership of both parties,” said working together is the characteristic at the top of his list.

“You may not get 100 percent of what you want,” he said. “You have to work together.”

Also important in the selection process is someone who would get the financial house in order, deal with the “burdensome and cumbersome” tax code and take the stance that Environmental Protection Agency overreach is “dead wrong.”

Before Mooney made any big decisions, he said an interview would be required.

“I would sit down with everyone who's running and ask them what their agenda is for this country and West Virginia,” he said.

Appealing and defunding Obamacare, putting pressure on the EPA and eliminating federal intervention in education while promoting school choice are all criteria Mooney said he would consider essentials.

Casey said selecting someone who would motivate Congress to make necessary regulatory changes is his most important characteristic.

When asked if he would support current House Speaker John Boehner, McKinley said while he doesn't think “Boehner will be there that much longer.” 

As a response to the charge that Congress is simply “not doing anything,” McKinley said Congress has responded to government overreaches and missteps with legislation.

“It's over in the Senate,” he said “Harry Reid is not going to take (the legislation) up.”

Who did all four candidates agree they would not choose for leadership? Nancy Pelosi.

The candidates also answered a few pre-prepared questions.

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