jobs. I believe that we need to be concentrating on training and
retraining people who have lost their jobs and need to hone their
skills and learn new skills in the new economy.
What makes you the best person for the job?
I am very energetic, I'm very enthusiastic about what I do and
passionate about representing people in the district, and I believe I
can make a difference.
What one thing would you hope to accomplish while in office?
I want to bring a new perspective to Washington, which is that I
like to see politicians be more connected with the people.
How do you see yourself working with your party, in Congress and
with the White House?
I don't like partisan politics, so I would definitely work with
other congressmen and congresswomen who share in the same belief that
we can move this country forward in a better direction.
How do you rate the federal government's handling of homeland
security? What else can be done, if anything, to make the U.S. more
secure from terrorism?
I think we are taking very significant steps in terms of homeland
security and at this point, we don't have a thorough analysis of the
areas where we are weak and vulnerable. I think we need a thorough
analysis of that before we can pinpoint the places where we should
dedicate our resources. We can do better.
What's your opinion of the president's proposed guest worker
program? How should the federal government address illegal
I believe that we have to have an immigration policy that makes
sense, not policies where we are reactive to something in election
years. I am for really making the opportunities available to people
who are here legally.
Is there too much spending in the president's budget proposal? How
can the deficit be reduced, and should Americans be concerned about
We do need to have stimulus. However, I don't believe that all of
the tax cuts should be permanent. There's certain times when we
really need to have taxes to we can pay off the deficit.