U.S. Senator elect Dan Coats was in Fort Wayne Wednesday for the first time since he won the election in November. He met with several groups on how to improve jobs and the economy across the state. He also says he's upset with the WikiLeaks incident.
On Sunday the website WikiLeaks published over 250,000 secret documents. It's said to be the largest ever release of confidential information. Senator elect Dan Coats says the leaks could have dangerous consequences. Coats says I felt a great deal of frustration and anger. I mean this is treason of the highest account. People are going to die because of theses leaks.
He says the owner of wiki-leaks should be held responsible. Coats says I think it's an attempt by an individual with an ideology to undermine our national security. And I think that ought to be pursued to the extent of the law, whatever efforts need to be taken to close this set of leaks down, needs to be taken.
Last month, President Obama was in Kokomo, Indiana. While on Air force 1 he called Coats to congratulate him. Coats says I wanted to also share with him what I had learned the 9 months of campaigning. What was on Hoosiers minds. I said you know Mr. President getting the economy moving again and getting people back to work is a goal that I'm going to carry back the voice of the Hoosier people.
Coats says he's sticking to his campaign promise to fight health care reform. He wants to start over from scratch. Coats says It has not been accepted by the American people by the medical industry and health care industry it's dysfunctional.
Coats will start his new job at U.S. Senator January 5, 2011. Between now and then he says he will be setting up his office in D.C. He will also be working to set up his Fort Wayne Office.