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GOP challenger to Ron Kind on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WXOW) -- Former Mauston City Council member Ken Van Doren is hoping to end Rep. Ron Kind's (D) nearly two decade reign in Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district.

But the retired building contractor is not your typical Republican.

On certain issues, such as the Affordable Care Act, Van Doren sounds very much like a mainstream GOP candidate.

"There's no way that this program will ever save any money at all, but the other thing that it does, is it destroys our freedom and our privacy, because again, there's a federal database that's attached to the health care," said Van Doren.

But on others, such as national defense, Van Doren blazes his own trail - blasting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We're not big enough, we're not powerful enough or rich enough to be the world's policeman," said Van Doren.  "I think we're gonna have to reign that in a little bit."

Van Doren is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.  He believes the third district is ready for a change from the type of leadership Rep. Kind has provided since 1997.

"I see a change in the attitude of the electorate," said Van Doren.  "I think more and more people are realizing we can't go down the road that we have been and the incumbent, I believe, projects himself on many issues as something he is not."

Jenni Dye, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, is also on the show to talk about the recent pro-life trend in state.

"There are several anti-choice bills that are still pending, that have passed the Assembly, but not the Senate," said Dye.  "We're hearing from leadership, (Senate Majority Leader) Scott Fitzgerald, that they don't plan to move those bills this year and we certainly are going to be keeping up the pressure to hold them accountable to that statement."

Dye also talks about abortion becoming a wedge issue for Democrats in the 2014 elections.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WXOW.

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