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State/Nation

January 29, 2014

It's Official: Shannon enters U.S. Senate race

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TULSA —

In a 10-minute speech, Shannon outlined what he thinks has been going wrong in Washington: businesses that must overcome a “maze of federal rules and regulations,” the Affordable Care Act, which he said forces people to buy health insurance they “may not want,” and wasteful spending.

Shannon said Oklahomans needed to elect “someone who will go to Washington like Dr. Tom Coburn first did and say ‘no’ to the spending and the debt that is bankrupting this country.”

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Shannon, 35, was the first African-American and the youngest speaker of the Oklahoma House when he was elected last year.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last year called Shannon a “rising star” within the GOP, and Shannon has participated in several RNC-sponsored events across the country.

“We can either work to save this country together or we can continue going down the same path with more debt and economic ruin,” Shannon said.

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