U.S. Senator Roger Wicker visited Meridian today as part of his "Back Roads" tour of Mississippi, in which he focused on smaller towns across the state.



Wicker stopped by Meridian's Western Sizzlin' restaurant to visit a group of locals that meet there for lunch. He left Meridian for Enterprise, and will visit the town of Newton after leaving Enterprise.



Wicker talked about the concerns of small town Mississippians, which he said have so far proven to be no different than the concerns of people living in larger Mississippi cities. The main concerns, he said, are the economy and national security.



Wicker also spoke about the proposed defense budget cuts that would halt the production of the F-22 fighter jet, which is one of the planes manufactured at Meridian's Lockheed-Martin plant. Wicker, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects "serious debate" in Washington over the proposed cuts.



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