Greg Kesich’s Oct. 27 column deserves a response so readers can understand what my focus would be as your next member of Congress. (“After Election Day, which Scontras would you get?”)

I would like a moment to answer that question.

With a monotonous regularity, I have spent the last 10 months speaking on the singular issue that faces us as a state and a country — the national debt.

By all indications, the level of government spending has grown beyond sustainable levels.

This federal spending, and the associated policies and regulations, creates uncertainty that has caused the country’s economic anemia and continued job loss.

The mission of the next Congress is to reverse spending and add confidence to businesses, investors and consumers. This will be my sole mission as your next congressman.

As I said the other evening, “It’s the economy, Chellie.”

I am a pro-life Catholic, with a tremendous amount of respect for the “will of the people and the rule of law.” I have been consistent in my belief that in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case the court decided that a woman had the constitutionally protected right to have an abortion.

Along the same line of “social issues” is my position on the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy for gays in the military, which is now in the court system — and no longer in the U.S. House.

According to the Constitution, Congress cannot overturn a federal court decision any more than the Supreme Court can be expected to balance the budget.

But as your congressman, balancing the budget and improving America’s economy will be my job — and I will take it very seriously!The mission of the next Congress is to reverse spending and add confidence to businesses, investors and consumers. This will be my sole mission as your next congressman.