Originally created 04/25/06

Burns works to regain seat



Former U.S. Rep. Max Burns' campaign to regain his 12th District House seat began Monday in Augusta, as he kicked off a districtwide push to return to Washington.

In a news conference at Heroes Overlook, Mr. Burns, a Republican from Screven County, said he would focus on national security, economic growth and upholding traditional values.

He said he supports secure borders and favors granting guest worker status to immigrants, but that the nation should "in no way" extend citizenship or amnesty for illegals.

The country's energy woes, he said, should be solved by developing renewable fuels from agriculture products.

"If we can grow it, we can burn it," the longtime farmer said.

Mr. Burns said supporting traditional values involves "recognizing the reality of what you believe in." For him, that includes supporting marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

"You should not have to have a constitutional amendment to protect that, but I'll support one if that's what it takes," he said.

The man who defeated Mr. Burns in 2004 was also in Augusta on Monday. U.S. Rep. John Barrow appeared at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers to speak out against a federal budget proposal that would increase medical insurance premiums for U.S. military veterans younger than 65.

Reach J.C. Lexow at (706) 828-3904 or jc.lexow@augustachronicle.com.