During a Monday town hall meeting in Pittsburg, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, said that Democrats wanted to get people "into a life of dependency" from "cradle to the grave," using the terms "communism" and "socialism" to describe them. "That didn't work in Russia," Tiahrt said. "And it didn't work in Germany." On his battle against the health reform bill, he said: "This is about freedom. . . . Nobody in America should ever have to go to a public official to get health care." Nor did Tiahrt measure his words in discussing his rival for the U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays. Tiahrt said: "We need somebody to fight for us. We need somebody who is going to ride toward the sound of the guns."