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U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, addresses employees at Stellar Industries in Garner Thursday morning. King is running against Christie Vilsack for the congressional seat in the newly created District 4.

PEGGY SENZARINO/Globe Gazette

GARNER — U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, toured Stellar Industries in Garner and took questions from employees during a campaign stop at the plant Thursday morning.

“I don’t want to see our country go off into the abyss of debt and deficits,” King told a large group of employees.

King is running against Christie Vilsack in the newly created Fourth Congressional District.

Several employees asked questions about the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. One man asked if it was true that the plan would deny care to elderly cancer patients.

“We think so,” King said.

King said the new health care law sets up a panel to decide who gets treatment and who doesn’t.

“They will make a decision on whether your life is worth saving.”

King said he has offered legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“I couldn’t sleep the night it passed,” he said.

King said he wants to make it “as if it had never been enacted.”

Another employee asked if money was taken out of the Medicare program to fund the Affordable Care Act.

King said under the Obama plan, $741 billion will be taken out of Medicare to fund Medicaid and other programs.

When asked about offshore drilling, King said he supports drilling.

He described a visit to the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, often cited by Republicans as a location where the nation should be drilling for oil.

Democrats are against drilling in ANWR because of concerns about wildlife.

“I found more eskimos there than I did animals. We are an energy rich nation not an energy poor nation,” King said.

In his comments to the employees King told the crowd how he enjoyed seeing the plant including the nearly-completed new addition.

“You are the heart and soul of this company,” he said. “I am going to work hard to earn your vote.”

King’s visit was held in conjunction with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and its “I Make America” campaign.

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