"I oppose offshore oil drilling," he told the crowd, and citing the need to continue the military's ability to test and conduct operations in and over the Gulf. "Testing would be impossible."

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MIRAMAR BEACH — Congressman Matt Gaetz hosted an "Open Gaetz Day" in Walton County on Tuesday, making several stops in South Walton and Freeport during the all-day tour.

Gaetz's tour began over breakfast at the Ocean Club, where he provided predictably conservative responses to most of the questions that included health care, offshore drilling, the military, gun rights and VA benefits.

He also repeated his support for the military on several issues.

"I oppose offshore oil drilling," he told the crowd, citing the need to continue the military's ability to test and conduct operations in and over the Gulf of Mexico. "Testing would be impossible."

Responding to veterans, Gaetz said he supports the Veteran's Choice Act that would allow veterans to choose their doctors.

As for President Trump's plan for a modest troop increase in Afghanistan, Gaetz said he is deeply concerned about sending more troops there.

"Congress has not authorized use of military force, and I am calling for a Congressional debate about the use of force. We should not go to war without it," he said.

Gaetz admitted that the government has not been able to solve the health care problem.

"We need to focus on the cost of health care," he said. "This should not be a partisan issue. My wish is to depoliticize it. But right now, Republicans and Democrats are using health care as a football."

Tackling a subject that made headlines in the past, Gaetz defended his call for abolishing the EPA.

Gaetz said he supports cannabis reform and recognizes the need for medical marijuana. He believes special interest groups want to keep it down, but he wants a free-market system.

Responding to marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Boston, Gaetz said he hopes to see unity, because "political violence has no place in the United States."

During the afternoon, Gaetz met with law enforcement, where a variety of subjects, including the opiod epidemic, were discussed.

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