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Otter touts fiscal restraint, state's rights

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter touted fiscal restraint and an itch for challenging the federal government to protect states' rights during a campaign stop in Boise.

The Republican is also expected to make stops Thursday in Twin Falls, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls. Otter formally announced his 2010 bid for a second term Wednesday in northern Idaho.

As Idaho's chief executive during one of the toughest economic climates in decades, Otter lauded a downsized state government operating within its means after a legislative session shaped largely by the budget cuts.

He also highlighted his legal fights over Barack Obama's health care reform and federal protections for a rare desert plant, slickspot peppergrass, saying he'll continue on those fronts.

Otter's first challenge will be in the May primaries. Others seeking the GOP nomination include Sharon Ullman of Boise and Rex Rammell of Idaho Falls.

 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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