LIMA — U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken visited Westgate Entertainment Center on Sunday, where she spoke to roughly 30 people on a range of national policy issues.
A major topic she tackled centered around “treating criminals like criminals and police officers like the heroes they are.” Within this framework, she presented a case for her policy views from her support of the Second Amendment backed by her personal membership in the NRA, to better protecting borders from illegal immigration and illegal drug trafficking.
“We’ve seen the failure of the Biden administration,” said Timken, one of the Republican candidates for Senate in Tuesday’s election. “They’re about to roll back Title 42, which is one of our main mechanisms to deport people. … We’re on track to have 18,000 people come across the southern border a day. … 42 people who were caught coming across were on the terrorist watch list. … When they cross, we don’t know who these people are. It’s about our safety, our security and our sovereignty. … I don’t think we should have any ‘sanctuary cities.’”
Illegal fentanyl is coming into the U.S. from other parts of the world, namely China, and is killing many people when sold by itself or mixed with other street drugs, Timken said.
“We need to beef up the U.S. Postal Service interdiction so they can track and stop drugs being sent through the postal service,” Timken said. “We’re finding out now that they’re lacing drugs with fentanyl, and people are unwittingly taking these pills and OD’ing.”
Likewise, Timken said, liquid methamphetamine is being transported from Mexico and being crystalized in the U.S.
The role of keeping Americans safe every day falls to officers in blue, who put their lives on the line, yet they are struggling with public support and recruitment is down, Timken said.
“We also need strong prosecutors,” she said. While responsible gun ownership is every American’s Second Amendment right, use of guns in the commission of a crime should be harshly punished, she said. “There should be no plea deals in gun crimes.”
Overall, Timken expressed her concerns that conservatives’ First Amendment right to the freedom of speech is under attack, and their views are often silenced or censored. Her advice is that conservatives need to “speak up, speak loud and speak the truth.”
U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken made a campaign stop in Lima on Sunday, where she spoke about her :”merica First agenda.” Timken, who is running as a Republican, encouraged people to go vote in the primaries Tuesday.
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