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Governor Rick Perry on Rebooting His Presidential Campaign

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The following is a rush transcript of the October 30, 2011, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.” This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you and welcome to Texas. I hope you enjoyed your stay.

WALLACE: We have so far.

You have dropped in the polls from a high of 38 percent when you got in August, to a low of 6 percent in one of the polls this week. Your new campaign staffers talk about trying to reboot Perry 2.0.

So, what’s the message you want to give to voters as you try to get them to give you a second look?

PERRY: Yes, for the first eight weeks we were traveling across the country, just shaking hands, introducing ourselves, and people knew two things that I was a governor of state of Texas and I had a beautiful and smart wife. In the last two weeks now, they’ve actually got to put the meat on the bone, if you will. We laid out our jobs and energy plan, 1.2 million Americans back to work, opening up our federal lands and our waters for energy exploration, getting this country back truly secure from hostile countries that we’re buying foreign oil from.

Then we laid out just this last week, people are just getting their arms around our “Cut and Balance and Grow” plan where we talk about 20 percent flat tax, where we talk about how to cut the spending, how we grow this economy. And I think when Americans take a look at that, they’re going to go — you know what, not only is it a great plan, this fellow has got the record as the governor of Texas for 10 years of doing it. And that’s who we need in the White House, who’s got the courage to stand in the gap and put these tax reforms in place.

WALLACE: But why should voters — and some have certainly been paying attention in the last couple of months. We have 6 million people who watched the last FOX debate. Why should those voters disregard the last two months — quite frankly, your poor performance in the debates and some parts of your record on immigration, in-state tuition, the HPV vaccine that didn’t turn out to be as conservative as they might have hoped?

PERRY: Well, when you take a look at the — I readily admit I’m not the best debater in the world. With as many debate as we got coming up, I may end up being a pretty good debater before it’s all been said and done.

But when they look at the record, when they look at what we’ve done, nobody has been stronger on immigration than I have. You want to take the issue of whether or not governors have to deal with tough and hard issues because the federal government has absolutely failed at securing that border, and then we have to deal with that. I readily respect that and I would not tell any state they need to do a particular thing on that as we did in the state of Texas.

But whether it’s putting Texas ranger recon teams, $400 million, on that border, vetoing driver’s license bill for illegals, whether it was passing a voters identification bill before you can vote. There’s not anybody on that state that’s any tougher, any right on on the immigration issues than I am.

WALLACE: Let’s talk about the debates, though. Your staff indicated this weekend that you’re going to skip some, but the news overnight is you’ve signed up for the next five debates, which take you through November and into early December. But you told Bill O’Reilly this week that you felt it was a mistake to participate in any of them. Why?

PERRY: Well, I said that 18 debates is, I think, way too many debates frankly. It’s an incredible amount of time and preparation and what have you.

I really like getting out and being able to talk with people, just like I’m talking with you today where you have time to lay out your ideas. We got a great debater, a smooth politician in the White House right now. That’s not working out very good for America.

If you want to know how somebody is going to perform in the future, take a look at their past. And as governor of the state of Texas, we created more jobs in the state than any other state in the country. And I think that’s what Americans are really interested in.

People sitting around the coffee table today, the kitchen table, and they’re going to — how are we going to get this country back working again? I’ve laid out the plan, I got the courage and I got the record to put it in place.

WALLACE: We’re going to get to your plan and drill down to it in a moment, but I still want to focus on these debates, because what I’ve heard in e-mails I got from a lot of conservative voters they say, OK, maybe he’s not the greatest debater, but we need somebody next fall where there’s going to be these three big debates, 100 million people watching each time, who’s going to be able to get up on that stage with Barack Obama and make the case against him. And they worry based on your performance that you are not that man.

PERRY: Well, I’m not worried a bit that I’ll be able to stand on the stage with Barack Obama and draw a very bright line, a real contrast between an individual who’s lost 2.5 million jobs for this country, someone who is signaling to our opponents when we’re going to pull out of a particular war zone, an individual who has taken an experiment with the American economy and turned it into absolute Frankenstein experience. I think I will stand on the stage and draw a clear contrast with Barack Obama.

WALLACE: OK. You did propose a major tax reform plan this week, and as I said, we got some time. So, let’s drill down into some of the details of it. You give people a choice, a 20 percent flat tax, or they can stay in the current system. Now, one assumes that most people are going to figure it out and decide to go with the plan that they pay the fewer taxes, less in taxes.

Your campaign said and I sent it out to a private acting firm, this would mean $ 4.7 trillion less in revenue over the first six years, from 2014 to 2020. Doesn’t the Perry plan blow a hole in the deficit in?

PERRY: You got to look at the spending cuts as well and you have to look at the dynamics of the growth that goes on here. I mean, you can’t just take one piece of this and say here’s the plan. It’s not. This is a plan that gives people an option and I think a good option, to be able to do their taxes on a post card — literally taking that 20 percent tax — flat tax, deducting mortgage, deducting charitable, deducting (INAUDIBLE) taxes, $12,500 for each dependent, subtracting it and sending it in — I mean, literally on a postcard. It’s that simple to put it on that postcard right there. That’s it.

And then, people have the confidence — people have the confidence, the job creators, this plan is about getting people back to work, putting the confidence back in the American entrepreneur to know that the regulations are not going to be there, that these tax burdens.

You know who’s going to hate this more than anybody, Chris? The Washington lobbyist that have been carving out all of these corporate tax loopholes, they’ve been manipulating our tax code, make it simple and put those guys out of business. I guarantee you, that’s the type of approach that Americans are looking for, a simple tax code corporate tax rate of the 20 percent as well, bring those corporate tax proceeds back from offshore at 5.25 percent.

And we will balance that budget in 2020. No one says it’s going to be easy, but we need a president who has a commitment to that, who’s got a track record of doing that and I have.

WALLACE: All right. A couple of quick questions to that. You talk about simplicity. But the fact is, a lot of people would have to calculate their taxes the old way, they have to calculate their taxes with the alternative minimum tax, they have to calculate their taxes with the new 20 percent. Far from being simple, you might have to calculate your taxes, it’s going to be a boon for my accountant, three ways to figure out the cheapest.

PERRY: I don’t think that’s not the case at all. I think most Americans know right off the top of their heads they’re going to take that 20 percent flat tax, they’re going to take their deductions and they’re going to send that in. They’re not going to have to go ask an accountant or a lawyer.

They maybe some folks out there that want to go ask those accountants, go ask those lawyers, that’s their business. That’s the great thing about the choice here.

But this will substantively change the IRS as we know it today.

WALLACE: OK. Let’s talk about this question of growth because, as I say, your campaign says, static scoring, which is just going with the numbers and the assumptions as they are, almost $5 trillion less in revenue over the first six years. Now, your campaign says, yes, but you got to get economic growth and that’s going to end up being a $1 trillion more.

Here’s the problem with that — everybody agrees that if you lower taxes, you do increase economic growth. But even conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation say almost never do tax cuts pay for themselves. That you still end up, you may get some increased economic growth, but you still end up with lower revenue.

PERRY: And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with lower revenue. I think Americans are ready for Washington, D.C. to quit spending money.

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Meet the Press – Plouffe says Romney has ‘no core’


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WASHINGTON — White House senior adviser David Plouffe, talking about the 2012 campaign in much blunter terms than is common for an administration official, accused Mitt Romney of lacking the necessary conviction to be president.

“He has no core,” Plouffe argued during a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press.” “I can tell you as one thinking, working a few steps down from the president, what you need in that office is conviction. You need to have a true compass, and you have got to be willing to make tough calls. You get the sense with Mitt Romney that if he thought it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he’d say it.”

Plouffe noted a litany of issues on which Romney has changed: from cap-and-trade pollution controls (“now he doesn’t think that climate change is real”) to gay rights (“now he wants to amend the Constitution to prohibit gay marriage”) to abortion (“now he believes that life begins at conception and would ban Roe v. Wade“).

But it was his core argument — so to speak — that stood out above the specific policy points, echoing (to a lesser degree) the type of character swipes that George W. Bush took at his 2004 opponent, John Kerry, and spurring cries of foul play almost instantaneously.

“What surprised me, and not a lot surprises me in politics, was that Mr. Plouffe went for a direct personal character assault on Mr. Romney a little while ago,” said Mike Murphy, the longtime Republican consultant and frequent “Meet the Press” guest, shortly after Plouffe’s interview aired. “This is a White House staffer saying the opponent has no core? That’s harsh character attack politics, and I think he owes Mr. Romney a bit of an apology on that. I thought that was a step too far.”

UPDATE: Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams emails the following response:

President Obama can’t run on his abysmal economic record and he is desperate to distract from the historic loss of middle class jobs that has occurred on his watch. Americans won’t be fooled by false and negative attacks – they know that President Obama has failed, and they are eager to replace him with a leader like Mitt Romney who can turn around our struggling economy.

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Axelrod takes on lobbyist charge while jabbing Republicans – State of the Union interview

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Source CNN:

President Barack Obama’s senior campaign strategist pushed back Sunday on criticism that the current administration has reneged on a campaign promise not to accept donations from federal lobbyists.

David Axelrod told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama does not accept contributions from federal lobbyists, and he labeled the current White House as the “most transparent” in history.

“We promised not to take contributions from federal lobbyists and we don’t,” Axelrod said. “The point here is do lobbyists leverage the kind of influence in this administration that they have in past administrations? There isn’t a person in Washington who could argue the answer to that is ‘yes.'”

A recent report in the New York Times found the president has relied on supporters, or “bundlers” – individuals who contribute money to Obama while petitioning others to do the same – to raise millions of dollars for his re-election effort.

Despite having ties to the lobbying industry, these “bundlers” are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, allowing Obama to keep his campaign pledge while raising millions from influential donors.

But Axelrod said the openness of the current administration, which he said includes disclosing everyone who raises funds for him, is the reason the New York Times could write the piece.

When asked by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley if any of the “bundlers” are lobbyists by definition, even if they are not officially registered, Axelrod said he did not know and would “have to run through the list of people who are there.”

Axelrod, who left the White House earlier this year to focus on the 2012 election, acknowledged the system is not perfect. At the same time, he cited the transparency steps taken by the president to show a contrast with the current Republican presidential candidates, who have yet to place restrictions on money from lobbyists.

“There are people who are promising to spend you know hundreds of millions of dollars against us who don’t have to disclose anything,” Axelrod said, referencing GOP fundraising efforts. “So we have to be prepared to ward that off.”

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New Cain Internet ad shines focus on viral videos

Herman Cain AdvertNEW YORK — Before Smoking Man, there was Obama Girl. And who can forget JibJab?

A new ad featuring Herman Cain’s smoking campaign manager Mark Block is the latest political video to become an overnight Web sensation. The ad, with Block taking a drag on a cigarette while Cain flashes a Cheshire cat grin, has had close to 1 million clicks on Cain’s website since its debut.

Not long ago, paid television ads were the only way for candidates to be noticed. But now online viral videos have become a staple of American politics.

Some widely disseminated videos have been harmless fun, such as the ad produced by digital studio JibJab in 2004 showing rivals George W. Bush and John Kerry singing a hilarious rendition of “This Land.”

Others have had a deeper impact, including Tina Fey’s scathing depiction of 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as an ill-informed lightweight. Those sketches first appeared on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” but were widely shared online.

Cain, a little-known former pizza chain executive before joining the 2012 GOP race, has seen his popularity spike recently after a series of debates and his much-discussed tax plan. The smoking man ad, with its low production values and quirky imagery, has added to the sense of novelty about Cain’s candidacy.

The Obama Girl video, in which a fetching young woman sang about her crush on the then-Illinois senator, went viral early in the campaign and reinforced the notion of Barack Obama as the cool and sexy alternative to his more established Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But, Ken Goldstein, whose Campaign Media Analysis Group tracks political advertising, said that while online videos had the power to influence a race, paid television advertising still carried much more overall impact.

“The Internet preaches to the choir,” Goldstein said. “It’s a great way to raise money and mobilize supporters to work harder, which are not trivial things. But viral videos are not a way to mobilize passive and undecided voters, which television ads do.”

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New Iowa poll: Elimination threatens several not-Romneys

Iowa Poll

The Des Moines Register is out with a new poll of likely caucus-goers. Herman Cain (23 percent) and Mitt Romney (22 percent) are in a statistical dead heat. Far back is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) at 12 percent. Then come Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 8 percent, Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 7 percent and Rick Santorum at 5 percent. There is plenty to chew on.

We should begin with a word of caution. The poll has a margin or error of plus or minus 4.9 percent. That means Romney might be ahead or Santorum could have passed Bachmann. Moreover, there are a ton of debates and plenty of retail politicking an TV ads between now and the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3. This is at best then, a blurry snapshot in time.

With that in mind, what can we learn? Strikingly, Cain is not suffering from his near-total absence from the state. Perhaps he is simply, for now, the main vessel for the not-Romney votes. What is clear is that the other not-Romney candidates have erred in not taking Cain on earlier and more vigorously. Perhaps Cain’s numbers are “soft,” but unless Bachmann, Perry and Gingrich alter the race’s dynamic, all three could see whatever chance they have for the nomination evaporate in Iowa.

Meanwhile, Romney has not been hurt by his absence from the state, either. (“Romney has campaigned in Iowa just three times this year and skipped the Iowa straw poll in August. Cain has visited only once since the straw poll. The message to candidates seems to be: The less you’re here, the more we like you.”) He chugs along with essentially the same bloc of 20 to 25 percent of the Iowa vote he’s had since 2008. So long as he keeps those voters, the potential for a surprise win remains. Moreover, anyone who is going to top him is going to have to corral north of 20 percent of the vote. That is a steep hill for those mired in single digits.

The poll also raises a question as to why media continue to treat Perry as a first-tier candidate. He’s within the margin of error — with Santorum, for goodness sakes. The poll ran from Oct. 23 to 26, right after Perry made a big speech introducing his new economic plan. There is zero evidence so far that his new flat-tax proposal or his millions in fundraising (surely bleeding away with an army of new advisers and a TV campaign) have made any difference. Unless he sees significant progress soon, he’s headed for a humiliating loss in Iowa and a quick end to his nomination prospects.

Gingrich, Bachmann and Santorum are in a virtual dead heat. All have spent significant time in the state. All can compete for Cain voters. If one of them can break free of the pack and make a run for third place, he or she will be the “surprise” story line and continue to contend seriously for the not-Romney position.

So far Santorum’s Web ad is the only effort to go after Cain with gusto. The other contenders for the not-Romney vote should readjust their sites. Cain may be a candidate with serious flaws. He may not have staying power after Iowa. But he has the power to send them all home. If they want to get a ticket out of Iowa, they better figure out a way to puncture the Cain bubble.

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Governor Buddy Roemer

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Governor Buddy Roemer

Governor Roemer served four terms in the United States Congress from 1981 – 1988 as a conservative Democrat who often broke ranks with his party to vote with President Reagan, and was Louisiana Governor from 1988-1992 as both a Democrat and Republican.

During his tenure in the Governor’s office, unemployment in the state dropped by approximately half, the state budget was balanced all years despite inheriting a huge deficit, teacher pay was linked to performance, education accountability standards were enacted, government unions were challenged, and sweeping campaign finance reform legislation was passed.

Since leaving public office, Governor Roemer has been involved in a number of business ventures. Most recently, he served as the founder, CEO, and President of Business First Bank, a small business community bank with approximately $650 million in assets that took no bailout money from the federal government.

Governor Roemer lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Scarlett, and is the father of three children. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Fighting Special Interests

Buddy Roemer is committed to fighting the corrupting influences in Wall Street and Washington, ending favors to big donors and the misuse of federal funds to benefit major corporations that take jobs overseas while they evade taxes in America. Campaign finance reform and ending unlimited Super PAC campaign contributions made possible by Citizen’s United ruling are critical to battling this problem.

Buddy’s comprehensive, six-point package to fight special interests in politics includes:

Full disclosure of every campaign contribution, no matter how small

Real-time electronic reporting of campaign contributions, within 48 hours,  rather than quarterly

Elimination of Super PACs entirely

Limiting PAC donations to candidates to the same as individual contributions.

Prohibition of registered lobbyists participating in fundraisers

Criminal penalties for violations of campaign finance rules

Moreover, Buddy Roemer champions a system of disclosure and limits that applies to every office and level, not just the office or president.  In the same vein, he believes that every office should come with term limits to prevent waste and corruption.

Balancing The Budget

We must win the battle to control federal spending.  At 25 percent of GDP, federal spending is excessive by any standards, unsustainable under any hypothesis, and erodes confidence in the financial management of our nation’s government.

Buddy Roemer’s plan details one percent reductions in spending ($140 billion per year) over a 5-year period.

Elimination of all energy subsidies, including oil, gas, ethanol and unproven energy technology is key, and the Department of Energy itself would be dismantled.

Buddy’s plan would modify social security and Medicare by slowly raising the eligibility age by one month each year for 24 years.

Creating Jobs

America is suffering, with 20 percent of its workforce –25 million people – out of work, underemployed, or no longer even holding on to the hope of finding a job.  We have a million fewer jobs than we did 12 years ago and the jobs we have, pay less.  “Made in America” is an endangered species.  As president, any policy Buddy Roemer considers will first be evaluated through the lens of the impact it could have on American jobs created or lost.

In order to restore jobs in America, we must restore America’s industrial prominence.  The only way to do so is to establish legitimate and reasonable economic barriers to unfair competition from abroad.

Buddy Roemer wants to restore pride in the “Made in America” label, so that consumers have the choice of buying products that help employ their neighbors.

Part of the plan to restore jobs in the American industrial sector is the idea that trade must be fair first, rather than free, and that in order to address America’s massive trade deficit we must correct for advantages other producing nations gain by avoiding America’s health, safety and environmental standards.

Buddy Roemer would encourage American businesses to buy American, even if it costs a little more, through tax amendments and incentives.

Tax Reform

Special interests have also taken their toll on the tax code, which is unfair, unreadable, written by lobbyists, and crammed with the loopholes.

Buddy Roemer’s plan would set the size of federal government to about 18 to 18.5 percent of GDP – currently it is at about 25.5 percent.

Income taxes would be simplified to a flat tax, with an individual exemption of $50,000.  A flat tax of 17 percent would be paid on all income beyond that.  This means that individuals making $50,000 or less would pay no income tax, while those making more than $100,000 would have an effective tax rate of 8.5 percent.

Elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax, the Earned Income Credit and most deductions would be key to this plan, to simplify and standardize complicated tax laws.

Unlike other plans that have been put forward, this plan would have no national sales tax, which would have devastating effects on the economy, particularly for the poorest Americans who spend a higher percentage of their income.

As president, Buddy Roemer will work to close all tax loopholes for corporations and ensure that the tax system is fair for everyone in it.

Strengthening National Defense

Military preparedness is paramount to maintaining America’s role in the world, and ensuring that America has the most advanced technology and best trained troops to be ready for any situation that might necessitate their involvement.

As president, Buddy Roemer would focus on repatriating the production of military equipment.  One-third is currently built overseas, requiring the United States to keep bases in foreign countries to protect the manufacturers or that equipment.

In a war zone, a president must do anything he or she can to protect American lives from the enemy, and drones are an important part of that strategy.

Securing Energy Independence

Buddy Roemer believes that any energy policy must begin with using resources at home safely and efficiently, reducing dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs here in America.

Natural gas is a prevalent resource that can provide an immediate reduction of America’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.  As president, Buddy Roemer will encourage the expansion of natural gas technology.

Buddy Roemer supports additional drilling, but only where impact on the environment will be limited.

Buddy feels that safe, advanced nuclear technology must be part of a longer-term plan for energy independence.  Yucca Mountain, which was approved by Congress as an underground nuclear waste repository in 2002 but canceled by the Obama administration, must be revisited as a site to safely dispose of nuclear waste.

Buddy Roemer’s fair trade adjustment plan includes energy regulations in its calculations, providing an incentive for producers like China to reduce energy emissions.

Reforming Health Care

Healthcare reform under President Obama fell victim to special interests, and failed to address the underlying causes of costs in the system.  Tort lawyers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies tend to be major campaign donors to campaigns in order to protect their bottom lines.  As an insulin-dependent diabetic for more than 40 years, Buddy understands the importance of a healthcare system that is affordable and provides the quality of care that people need.  He is unwilling to accept campaign contributions that would keep him from being free to lead on healthcare reform.

Buddy Roemer’s healthcare reform would eliminate Obamacare, but keep insurance coverage of preexisting conditions.

Any healthcare reform package has to include tort reform, which Buddy achieved as governor of Louisiana to successfully lower healthcare costs.

Individuals must be allowed to buy insurance policies across state lines, eliminating pocket monopolies and increasing competition among providers.

Pharmaceutical companies must be exposed to competition to lower prices.

Providers should be incentivized to reduce costs by allowing them to keep 25 percent of their savings.

Fixing Immigration

Immigrants play a vital role in our economy, bringing skills and hard work to jobs that can at times be thankless.  At the same time, we have a responsibility to seal our borders and ensure that those who enter our country do so legally.

Buddy Roemer would enforce immigration laws, but welcome those that are here legally and consider policies to allow illegal aliens to return to their home countries and apply for legal entry into the United States.

Immigration quotas should be adjusted based on the needs of the labor market to fill jobs, rather than working from a set number or policy.

National Security

Military preparedness is paramount to maintaining America’s role in the world, and ensuring that America has the most advanced technology and best trained troops to be ready for any situation that might necessitate their involvement.

As president, Buddy Roemer would focus on repatriating the production of military equipment.  One-third is currently built overseas, requiring the United States to keep bases in foreign countries to protect the manufacturers or that equipment.

In a war zone, a president must do anything he or she can to protect American lives from the enemy, and drones are an important part of that strategy.

Foreign Policy

America cannot, and should not, be the world’s policemen.  However, Buddy Roemer is committed to assisting countries who choose freedom to become stronger.

Cash-based foreign policy is wasteful and can end up in the hands of dictators or terrorists that are working against our interests.

A central component of foreign aid should be the provision of knowledge, education, technical support and limited material assistance

Nuclear non-proliferation continues to be a top priority for maintaining international stability and should be a top priority of the United States.

dependence on foreign oil clouds foreign policy decisions, and ending that addiction is paramount.

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Fred Karger

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Fred Karger was the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on March 23, 2011.

Throughout his career, Karger has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant on campaigns for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

He retired after 27 years and has since become an activist for gay rights causes, including his organization Californians Against Hate (now Rights Equal Rights) to investigate the LDS Church and the National Organization for Marriage in their campaigns against marriage equality in California and Maine.

Karger is the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in American history.

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some of my statements and comments on twelve important issues of today.  They are garnered from numerous interviews and speeches.  We will continue to update the list on a regular basis.

JOBS & ECONOMY

Jobs First: We need to keep jobs in America


Speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Manchester, NH – March 31, 2011:

“We have to discourage companies from sending jobs overseas… I want to work with these corporations to incentivize them to keep these jobs in America.”

“I am a fiscal conservative; I come from a finance background.   I want to work to strengthen our economy.  I believe in the private sector.”  

Fox News Radio, “Alan Colmes’ Liberaland” – December 6, 2010:  

“Ronald Reagan was the ultimate optimist.  He basically talked us out of the last Recession, and I want to bring that kind of optimism back.”

EDUCATION

We need to transform education in this country
The Daily Iowan, Iowa City, IA – April 25, 2011:

“I want to elevate [education] to number one again, to put attention on it and get public discussion.  I think we need to make school more interesting and fun to get kids excited.”

Speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Manchester, NH – March 31, 2011:

“I am determined to help our school system.  We invented Public Education and now we are 21st in Math and 25th in Science.  We are losing to the rest of the world.  We are having to hire people from other countries for our tech jobs.  We need to compete and we need to keep kids in school.”

WHO Newsradio, “The Jan Mickelson Show” – Des Moines, IA – June 7, 2010:

“The Public Charter School phenomenon is a huge boost to education.”

“I think that kids are confined in a classroom and bored.  I think we need to get them out; the buses take kids to school, park and take them home so let’s utilize those buses and drivers and get out in the community and see what’s out in the world and make school more interesting and fun so kids want to learn.”

“I see the national teachers’ unions as one of the huge problems (in education).  Teacher unions concentrate on job preservation, and it’s slowing down progress.”

Meeting with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the America’s Promise “Building a Grad Nation Summit,” Washington, DC – March 21, 2011:

“We should further explore public-private partnerships in our urban high schools, where businesses, labor unions and high net worth individuals blend the school in with the private sector.  The goal would be to vastly improve education and lessen the dropout rate.”

FOREIGN POLICY

Defense, Development and Diplomacy 
CBS News, “Washington Unplugged,” with Nancy Cordes – March 23, 2011:

“I’m more of a conciliator, I get along with people, and I want to go and try to work out some deals.  James Baker is my political hero.  That’s what we need, that’s the kind of diplomacy we need.  We just don’t go nation-build like President Obama is doing in Afghanistan.”

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS

Surge out of both countries


WGIR – New Hampshire’s Newsradio, Manchester, NH. “The Charlie Sherman Show” January 27, 2011:

“I think the only surge we should do is to surge out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  We have lost so many American lives and there are so many wounded warriors returning home.”

CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST & ISRAEL

Strong American leadership to help bring a lasting peace in the Middle East


CBS News, “Washington Unplugged,” with Nancy Cordes – March 23, 2011
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“Obama is a very tentative and cautious person and that has come out now in his first foreign policy test.  He was sleeping at the switch with the Egypt crisis and I was very disappointed with that.”  

WHO Newsradio, Des Moines, Iowa “The Simon Conway Show” – April 25, 2011:

“I support Obama right now on the international coalition in Libya, if we can get in there without ground troops, if we can get rid of Gaddafi, who is the ultimate terrorist, who has done great damage not only to his people but our own, then that would be a success.”

Republican Jewish Coalition Winter Meeting, Las Vegas, NV – April 2, 2011

“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and must be defended at all cost.”

IMMIGRATION

Let’s Take Action Now
The Dartmouth, Hanover, NH – October 25, 2010:

“I want a path to citizenship for immigrants already living in the country, as well as greatly improve border security to discourage future law-breaking.”

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

We must end our dependence on foreign oil
Netroots Nation, Las Vegas, NV – July 22, 2010:

“We need to immediately start energy conservation in this country.  We can lessen our dependence on foreign sources by this voluntary common sense approach [right now].”

Fox News Radio, “Alan Colmes’ Liberaland” – March 25, 2011:

“We need to explore alternative energy, wind and solar power.  My home state of California is going to have a third of all power from renewable sources by 2020.”

LOWERING THE VOTING AGE

I want to empower our youth
The Washington Post – February 2, 2011:

I propose “a 28th amendment to lower the voting age.” 

Huffington Post – February 8, 2011: 

“I feel that we should immediately begin discussion and planning to lower the legal voting age in the United States to either 16 or 17 years old.”

“We should then encourage our schools and school districts to teach these young people about elections and the campaigns on the local, state and national level while they are happening.”

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER RIGHTS

I am the only candidate for president who supports full equality for all Americans
Southern Republican Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA –  LGBTPOV.  April 11, 2010:

“I will work hard to end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law (ENDA), eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), make Gay Marriage the law of the land and make finding a cure for HIV / AIDS and a vaccine to prevent HIV a new national priority.”

Huffington Post – December 24, 2010:

“President Obama, Evolve Already… Gay marriage sends a very loud and clear message to LGBT youth that they are equal.” 

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Roe v. Wade is the law of the land
WHO Newsradio, Des Moines, IA  “The Jan Mickelson Show,” June 7, 2010:

“I’m a firm believer in a woman’s right to choose.”

WHO Newsradio,  Des Moines, IA  “The Simon Conway Show” – April 25, 2011:

“I believe in the Republican philosophy of less government, keep government out of our lives.  That is a very personal, private choice between a woman, her doctor, her family and her faith.”

MARIJUANA

We should move to legalize and tax marijuana
WHO Newsradio,  Des Moines, IA  “The Simon Conway Show” – April 25, 2011:

“I believe that marijuana should be legalized, taxed and controlled.  I think that the current laws are onerous and tying up our prison system.” 

AMERICAN SPIRIT

Optimism and getting along

Riviera Magazine,  January 3, 2011:

“I want to bring back the civility, optimism and humor that Reagan had.”

Independence Day Commercial – November 22, 2010: 

“I’m concerned that the partisan rancor is only going to continue and get in the way of America’s future.  I learned from my mentor, Ronald Reagan, the importance of getting along.  And I’ve spent my lifetime working with and supporting Republicans and Democrats.”

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