Nov 18, 2012 12:49 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Rep. Ron Barber said he will be able to make a difference his next term.
His Republican challenger, Martha McSally, called to congratulate him on his victory Saturday morning.
"Now our charge and our mandate going forward is clear," Barber said, "and that is to stand up for middle class families."
He will prioritize border security.
"We have to make sure that the people who live on the border," Barber said, "are safe on their land and that we deal with the cartels."
He also wants to take care of Southern Arizona military installations.
"I'm going to fight to make sure that in all the budget cuts," Barber said, "that we have to make sure that these assets are protected, along with the industries that are here in Southern Arizona that support our national defense."
He also talked about national issues.
"We cannot cut our way out of this deficit. We have to have new revenues," Barber said. "The people who are millionaires and billionaires, you finally now have to pay your fair share so that America can get back on track."
He is optimistic, despite being a member of the minority political party.
"There's an air of collaboration going on in congress that we haven't seen before," Barber said. "Now we have to move past words, to action."
Barber hopes to win the support of people who did not vote for him.
"I'm your representative," he said, "no matter what your perspective is, what your vote is, what your registration is."