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KSLA examines Louisiana's 4th District House race

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Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is the incumbent. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is the incumbent.
Randal Lord is the Libertarian Party challenger. Randal Lord is the Libertarian Party challenger.

The U.S. congressional seat in Louisiana's 4th district is up for grabs in November. Incumbent John Fleming, R-Minden, seeks re-election, and now he has a challenger -- Libertarian Randal Lord of Shreveport.

Fleming wants to represent the 4th district, which includes Shreveport-Bossier, for four more years.

"I intend to be re-elected to help lead Washington back towards the kind of governance the American people want," Fleming says.

But the challenger, Lord, says he's up to the challenge of defeating Fleming.

"I'm going to give it all I've got," Lord says.

Lord is a libertarian, chiropractor and psychology student at LSU. If elected, Lord says he wants to protect civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution.

Lord says he entered the race to give district voters a choice.

"I found out that no one was running against Dr. Fleming, so I decided it was time to do something about that."

Fleming, a family physician from Minden, says he has worked to protect the U.S. Constitution during his time in office with his fight against Obamacare, the nation's new national health policy enacted by the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

"Many of those rights have been under attack under Obamacare. So we've been pushing back against it. We've passed legislation in the Republican-controlled House," Fleming says.

Lord doesn't see things that way.

"He seems to have no concern over civil liberties. I'm very concerned about that," Lord says.

Lord says the two-party system in Washington D.C. has failed to stick to the Constitution.

"Neither Democrats or Republicans are sticking to it. They're just making it up as they go along," Lord says.

But Fleming points to his voting record to say that he votes for what Americans want.

"Which is that of limited government, less regulations, certainly the repeal of Obamacare," Fleming says.

Both candidates have different views about why the economy turned south. Lord points to Republicans and Fleming's fight against regulation.

"They allowed the Wall Street companies and firms to become unregulated. They got into trouble. They got to be so big, they had to be bailed out," Lord says.

And Fleming believes the current administration is perpetuating the problem.

"As long as we continue down that road, we're not going to recover," Fleming says.

Both are asking for your vote on November 6.

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