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West criticizes Congressional pensions

Allen West, the Republican battling Democratic Congressman Ron Klein, questionned Congressional pensions while speaking to the Pembroke Pines Citizens Police Academy Tuesday night.

After five years in office, members can earn an 80 percent pension starting at 62, said West.

"It took me 22 years to get 50 percent retirement from the U.S. Army. I don't think too many guys in Washington, D.C. have been shot at as much as I have."

West didn't mention his party affiliation or name his opponent in his speech Tuesday.

"I don't care about party breakdowns," he said, accusing politicians of not being responsive to the people.

Instead, he focused his talk about security issues and terrorism. He touched on some familiar themes -- a call for individual responsibility and accountability -- and encouraged the crowd to get politically involved.

"You are upset about a lot of things, a lot of people are upset," West said. "It's showtime. You volunteer, you serve, you get involved, you let your voice be heard."

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