U.S. SENATE PRIMARY: Christopher Shays, Republican

Christopher Shays served in the Connecticut State House for 13 years and as a member of Congress for 21 years until 2008. After his congressional service, he co-chaired the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Washington has gone crazy, and it is my goal to return sanity to government, starting with the United States Senate. I have the experience, knowledge and guts to do it. I don't need on-the- job training. I can hit the ground running on day one and make a real difference!

We need a sustained period of 4% economic growth to recover ground we've lost the past three-plus years and to get our country back to normal.

Normal! This is America and being 15.2 million jobs short of full employment is not normal. Stagnant real incomes are not normal! A dollar constantly losing value is not normal! Nearly four-dollar-per-gallon gasoline prices are not normal! Trillion dollar deficits are not normal!

What is normal for America is prosperity. What is normal for America is sustained 4% real economic growth! To achieve that we must balance the budget, reduce government spending, repeal and replace Obamacare, simplify the tax codes, including cutting the corporate tax rate, and cutting federal regulations.

Americans can unite behind an economy that produces full employment, better jobs, rising incomes, and sustained 4% real economic growth.

Americans can unite behind an economy that enables each generation to be more productive and better off than previous generations.

Americans know that a better future is their birthright.