Danish journalists come to Peoria

By Beau Ebenezer

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With the elections coming up, some out-of-country visitors stopped by Peoria to learn a little more about American government.

Danish journalists from Denmark met with Republican State Senator Darin LaHood to talk about the economic development of Caterpillar in Illinois.

LaHood explained that the last five plants were built outside of the state due to high taxes and regulation.

But many of the journalists say it was hard to understand Senator LaHood's views because of their highly liberal country.

"Senator LaHood sees it, of course, as you need to cut back in order to stimulate the economy, whereas democrats or at least how we see it in Denmark, it would be the other way around," said Danish journalist, Kristoffer Meinert.

"More government spending isn't going to turn the economy around. It's investing in the private sector. Giving those incentives to let the private sector grow and flourish and I think that's much different than some of the philosophies they have in Europe," said State Senator LaHood.

Some of the journalists at the meeting will be returning to the United States in six weeks to cover the election.

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