Patty Wetterling on Principles & Values
A: I embrace the fact that I'm not a traditional candidate, not a politician. My life has uniquely connected me to both our communities and our government. What's missing in Washington is common sense, and my life outside of politics gives me insight into that. I am the only candidate in the primary with experience passing federal legislation and creating federal programs. Let me give you an example: when Jacob was taken, law enforcement did not have a list of sex offenders from which to begin their investigation. We passed a state law, and then the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children Sex Offender Registration Act at the federal level. This law eventually became the basis of sex-offender registration laws and many other legislative changes across the country. What people once said was impossible is now the foundation for dozens of state and federal laws that work every day to keep our kids and communities safer.
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