Wilson speaks on health care, immigration reform

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson spoke at a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon at Oakwook-Windsor Elementary School in Aiken.

AIKEN --- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington, continued his round of town hall meetings Wednesday evening at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School, answering ever-popular questions from constituents on health care and immigration reform.

Wilson, campaigning to retain his District 2 seat and stave off competitor Rob Miller of Beaufort, continued his challenge to President Obama and Democrats, saying Republicans will defeat health care reform by blocking funding to agencies set to run the program.

Discussion on Arizona's illegal immigration law was also a popular topic. Wilson restated his message that the administration's stance that the law undermines federal authority is faulty because the law only reiterates current federal statutes.

Aiken residents Robert and Lona Munzberg said Arizona's immigration legislation is something they strongly agree on.

"I don't want them here if they can't follow the proper lines to become citizens," said Robert Munzberg.

Ben and Peggy Kinlaw, of Barnwell, who've been loyal Wilson supporters for years, said they wish more residents would attend campaign stops.

"Today we just learned the federal government plans to suspend funds to Arizona and here you have your representative available to discuss it," Ben Kinlaw said.

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