Avakian stands liberal ground on war, health care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is trumpeting solidly liberal positions in his bid to replace Rep. David Wu in Congress.

He wants to immediately end the war in Afghanistan and use the money to hire many of the 14 million out-of-work Americans to build new infrastructure. He opposes restrictions on abortion, supports gay marriage and a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally.

His ideas could play well in a Democrat-dominated Northwest Oregon District, even if they're less popular in the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives. Avakian faces state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and state Rep. Brad Witt in the Nov. 8 Democratic primary.