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Freshman Utah congressman holds town hall in GOP stronghold

February 20, 2019

LEHI, Utah (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams fielded questions involving the border wall, impeaching President Donald Trump and other issues during his first town hall meeting in a Republican stronghold of his Utah district.

The freshman congressman met with a crowd of constituents Tuesday in Lehi, saying he tries to focus on goals instead of positions when approaching heated topics.

Asked about a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, McAdams said he doesn’t support a 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) barrier, but “also saying zero inches probably isn’t right either.”

McAdams said it will take a combination of factors to secure the border.

“Goals can be unifying, and positions can be divisive,” McAdams said. “The goal is protecting the border . and there is pretty good bipartisan support.”

In response to questions about the possibility of impeaching the president, McAdams said he’s reserving judgment until the Russia investigation is complete.

“I think there are some serious concerns that have been raised about the president,” he said. “Those need to go through the proper process. If true, they are very troubling for our country.”

It was McAdams’ second town hall since taking office last month. He vowed to hold regular town halls after criticizing his predecessor Mia Love for limiting her meetings.

“Understanding more deeply what people in Utah County care about is going to be very important to me,” McAdams said.