Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Senator Kaufman On Delmarva

Source: WMDT

By Ryan Hughes

April 6, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. - The man who took over Joe Biden's Senate seat stopped by WMDT this afternoon to discuss healthcare and the war in Afghanistan.

Delaware's US Senator Ted KAUFMAN was in Washington to witness the historical passage of the healthcare bill. He says the new legislation is crucial for the country.

"If we don't bring the cost of healthcare down in the country it's going to bankrupt the country and it's going to bankrupt most Americans," said Senator KAUFMAN, who voted in favor of the bill.

KAUFMAN stresses the bill will significantly help citizens in the first state.

"In Delaware an average family of four pays $13,000 for healthcare insurance. If we didn't pass this bill by 2016, they'd be paying $29,000 a year for healthcare," said KAUFMAN.

The Democrat is also coming off a recent trip from Afghanistan and praised the military's efforts.

"But it's not just our military. We have to convince the people of Afghanistan they're better off with their present government than they are with the Taliban," said KAUFMAN.

President Obama stated he wants to start pulling troops out by June of 2011.

"We have to send a message to the government there that we're not there forever," said KAUFMAN.

But KAUFMAN says the job won't be done by June of next year, and we won't be leaving unless we see no end in sight.

"The moment we decide that we can't win we should get out of there. It's not worth one American soldier's life to stay five minutes after we know we're not going to win," said KAUFMAN.

Whatever the outcome is, KAUFMAN will not be in office to see it.

His term is up in November and he's not running for the seat.

KAUFMAN is throwing his support behind Democrat Chris Coons.

KAUFMAN says Mike Castle is a wonderful person, but agrees with Coons more on where the country should be going.

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