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Former U.S. Representative Peter Hoekstra told LaDonna Hale Curzon, host and Executive Producer, Sarah Palin Radio he is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan because what Obama and his opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow are doing “is terrible for our kids and grand kids.” His motivation is “to get this country moving in a different direction. Stabenow is a 12-year Democratic incumbent. Rep. Hoekstra said the differences between Stabenow and himself are a “classic liberal/conservative race.”
Stabenow “is a Senator who does not deliver solutions. I find it amazing that they’re going after Paul Ryan and his legislative accomplishments. Here’s a guy who’s Chairman of the Budget Committee and passes a budget every year. I’m running against a Senator who sits on the Budget Committee in the US Senate and hasn’t passed a budget in over 1,200 days,” he said.
He said Sen. Stabenow voted for the Obama stimulus plan and her beliefs align with his infamous “you didn’t build this” rant. She voted for ObamaCare and is one of the most liberal Senators, if not the most, Rep. Hoekstra said.
Closing Gap in Polling…Opponent Needs Her Money “to Defend Atrocious Record”
Though Sen. Stabinow has much more money in her campaign than Rep. Hoekstra, he said “she is going to need it to defend her atrocious record.” The latest Rasmussen Poll on their campaigns shows Sen. Stabinow at 46% with Rep. Hoekstra at 40%. He expects the gap to close by Labor Day and said pundits consider an incumbent vulnerable once their numbers drop below 50%.
Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has endorsed Rep. Hoekstra. He expects to pick up endorsements from pro-business, pro-life, and pro-gun groups in the coming weeks. His campaign got between 40% and 45% of the Tea Party vote during the primary, but now they are united behind his general election run. Rep. Hoekstra said he would welcome Gov. Palin’s support but has not been endorsed by her as this story goes to press. He is not on the American Grizzlies United 2012 Candidates List.
Rep. Hoekstra said he was thrilled that Romney picked Paul Ryan to be his running mate. “Paul Ryan is a very good friend. He’s shown incredible leadership,” Rep. Hoekstra said. Rep. Ryan also sits on the Ways and Means Committee which develops all of our tax policies. “He’s not only leading on balancing the budget and paying down the debt, but he’s also leading on tax policy, creating a tax structure that would drive the economy and…growth,” Rep. Hoekstra said. He added that Rep. Ryan is a “gym rat,” who slept in the office and met colleagues in the gym. He believes that Rep. Ryan’s solutions focus will appeal to Independents as well as conservatives, and even Democrats who seek solutions. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a Reagan Democrat stronghold where the Romney-Ryan ticket could do well.
Gov. Palin Awesome in ’08
Curzon noted that despite Gov. Palin’s best efforts in 2008 – she had “gone rogue” to campaign there – Obama still carried the state. “Gov. Palin was awesome in ’08 when the top of the ticket said ‘hey we’re leaving Michigan,’ and she said, ‘No! No! No! Send me to Michigan. I can win Michigan. She’s welcome to come to Michigan anytime she wants to come. People in Michigan remember that,” Rep. Hoekstra said.
He also said “Romney is our favorite son. He is from southeast Michigan. He understands the car industry. He understands manufacturing…I think he’s got a great shot at winning Michigan. After he wins those electoral votes, he’s going to take a friend with him into the U.S. Senate, so Michigan is a very key state in this election.
Rep. Hoekstra is an avid cyclist and has biked across the state in the past, though he has not done so this year. A bicycle is featured in one of his campaign logos.
SarahNET Radio Host Kevin Scholla appeared on Steven Rosenblum’s Conservative Republican Forum (CRF) to discuss a wide range of subjects related to Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and current political news, specifically her endorsements, and why he believes she should have been given a prominent speaking role at the forthcoming GOP convention in Tampa.
Everybody knows who Sarah is…Sarah Fires People Up
The interview aired prior to Gov. Palin releasing her Statement on the 2012 Republican Convention, which strongly implied that the decision on Gov. Palin not speaking there was at least partly hers. “This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” Gov. Palin wrote in her statement.
But, in the final hours before Gov. Palin issued her statement, Scholla said in part,
“If anybody was at CPAC…if anybody has seen her speak anywhere recently, she draws the excitement….Meantime, you ask the common person on the street, everybody knows who Sarah is. They don’t know who half of these people are. Sarah fires people up. Just look at the CPAC speech. If anyone wants to see anything, look at the energy at CPAC. Why did she give the keynote there? And that was a Romney crowd! He won the straw poll there. People were for Mitt Romney at CPAC this year, but guess what? They were brave enough to put her up there and it was a smashing success and it has been the same way before or since.”
“Nothing like it. She talks like people want to hear and she knows what’s going and it’s not political. It’s not teleprompter. You have a guy now who only reads a teleprompter. This is a woman whose teleprompter went out during the convention and didn’t miss a beat, so this is speaking from the heart, from a servant’s heart, and speaking the truth, and speaking about a country that she loves so much.”
On Gov. Palin’s Endorsement Success Record
On Gov. Palin’s endorsements, Scholla said, until Steelman, “she was batting 1000. She lost only one. She still has Zoller out there. She has major victories with Cruz, Hatch, Mourdock, and Fischer.” Gov. Palin “endorsed [Sandy] Adams. You don’t need title to make a difference and she’s proven it.” Scholla said her endorsements are “very much affecting what’s going on. They will force Romney to govern from the right. But, it also shows how the party is so dysfunctional.”
As this story goes to press, Gov. Palin has an 85.71% endorsement success rate on the 2012 candidates she has endorsed in which an election has been held (Ed. Note: though Scott Walker was not officially listed as an endorsement, I am counting him as an endorsement, since Gov. Palin numerous times supported him and stumped for him during the failed recall attempt. She re-stated her support hin while endorsing Lt. Gov. Kleefisch. I consider her actions more than sufficient to count as an endorsement, even absent the words, “I endorse”). Her 2010 success rate was 67% overall, which was still far better than just about any politician on either side of the aisle.
Scholla referenced a Florida seat in in a Democratic Party stronghold that no Republican is willing to touch. Two Democrats are vying for the seat in a bitter identity politics-based campaign. “Gov. Palin and a few others like Allen West have a steel spine, but this stuff knocks out good people from running,” Scholla said. Returning to endorsements, he said, Gov. Palin “does not endorse based on who is a perceived conservative or Tea Partier. She will endorse incumbents who are doing a good job. “It’s about character, integrity, trust and following the Constitution.”
Scholla said he “likes the Ryan pick” in general, but “loves the pick compared to short list that was being considered. It was one of the best moves Romney camp has made so far.” He expressed concern that McCain people working for Romney could throw Ryan under the bus. Scholla said he “never expected Romney to be nominee.” He took issue with McCain “liking” Obama in 2008, while “Gov. Palin gave the [real] Straight Talk….McCain tanked because the economy tanked,” he said and Obama got the votes from large groups he was able to successfully rally around him.
The difference this time is that Ryan as a Vice Presidential candidate is trying to get us out of an existing mess. Gov. Palin was hit with the mess at the least opportune time, yet performed far above the call of duty.
Scholla said the “visceral hate toward Gov. Palin is rooted in her being a woman.” Though Gov. Palin advocated for Allen West to be Romney’s running mate, “we have to unite behind ticket. Ryan can handle himself too,” Scholla said.
He expressed hope that unlike McCain, Romney will counter-punch on Obama’s attacks. “Romney should not be doing what McCain did.” Scholla said there should be “no Obama is over his head” playbook. “Obama is intelligent, and knows what he is doing. He is moving the country to the left.
Scholla also noted that the Democrats unite wholeheartedly even after bitter primaries. Republicans in contrast are lukewarm in their unity and these divisions end up costing them elections.
“Just remember, don’t lose sight of what Governor Palin is focused on. It’s really what we should all be focused on. Staying angry about this isn’t going to help this country one bit. We have better things to do with our energy.”
Scholla expressed his absolute support of Bristol Palin and her show Life’s a Tripp. He decried the hypocrisy and double standards applied by those who rail against Bristol, but think “it’s cute” when celebrities who hold leftist views do the same things she has – or far worse. He thanked Bristol for posting his interview with Todd Palin about Stars Earn Strips on Bristol’s Blog.
Scholla is a sports and news anchor, as well as an announcer for professional and college sports teams. The Palin Update on SarahNET Radio is one of at least two online shows he hosts. Scholla works “Batman hours.” The Palin Update started when the Palinista community thought Gov. Palin would run for President. The show was conceived to provide factual coverage on her and counter the lies spread by the mainstream media. After she decided not to run, Scholla knew Gov. Palin had a bright political future and the show continued without interruption. The show airs each weekend with a new interview, news, and Palin family updates. “We follow the whole beat.” The Palin Update is promoted on YouTube, US for Palin, Facebook, Twitter, and SarahNET Radio, among numerous other venues where it is syndicated, such as the American Grizzlies United / Organize4Palin State System (AGU). Scholla is the AGU’s Pennsylvania State Coordinator. Conservatives4Palin also features selected shows.
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Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. President Obama has declared that this election is about “two fundamentally different visions” for America. Goodness, he’s got that right. Our country cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama’s fundamentally flawed vision. We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous – an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans.
When I think about the direction our country is rapidly drifting in, I can’t help but look at California as a cautionary tale. The Golden State once boasted the entrepreneurial innovation of Silicon Valley, the American creative engine of the arts, economically powerful and beautiful cities from San Francisco to San Diego, and fertile farmlands that helped feed the nation. Now it is descending into financial ruin accompanied by an exodus of middle class Californians leaving for other states. As one writer put it, California’s “fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape.”
Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather.
Obama’s America is today’s California – complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.”
We can’t afford Obama’s vision. Our children can’t afford it. Today we are over $15 trillion in debt and running up trillion dollar budget deficits year after year for as far as the eye can see. And our “leaders” have no plan to stop it! President Obama and this Congress don’t even have the fundamental blueprint—a budget!—to outline where they intend to take us as they merrily roll along with their out of control spending and constant increases of our debt “limit.” Our debt to China alone is more than we can ever hope to pay off in multiple generations. Such debt and dependence on foreign nations weakens us in countless ways. And yet our government keeps on spending despite the risks and despite conscientious, hardworking citizens telling them to just stop it. Our debt is growing by $3 million per minute. This debt, in conjunction with Obama’s massive government over-reaches like Obamacare, has strangled the private sector, which in turn has stifled job growth and slowed all economic growth. The only way to get our country moving again is to get back to basics like normal people do with our home and small business budgets! That means we must live within our means, get government out of the way of our job creators, develop the God-given natural resources we have been blessed with to provide real jobs and real energy security, and stop growing government and wasting taxpayer money on D.C. cronyism and useless stimulus kick-backs for favored donors.
Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn’t talking about it. He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents. The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration.
Over the next 86 days, Barack Obama will try to distract us from his record. Many in the media will roll along with him in this mission. We must not let them continue the deception and distractions, and we must not be afraid to call the President out on his lies. His entire record in office exposes the false promises he made four years ago. So, let’s take a moment to remember what candidate Obama said just four short years ago.
Candidate Obama promised us fiscal prudence. But President Obama’s reckless spending and lack of fiscal leadership has led to the downgrading of our nation’s credit rating for the first time in history.
Candidate Obama decried reckless spending and promised to cut the deficit. But President Obama and those in Congress who control the purse strings and “go along to get along” have tripled it. President Obama’s proposed budget was so absurdly and wildly irresponsible that not one member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, voted in favor of it. And yet the Democrat controlled Senate still refuses to pass a budget itself, and this refusal has been going on for years now. That is irresponsible and, much more, it’s unconstitutional.
Candidate Obama promised us a “smarter government,” but President Obama has created a government that’s not too big to fail, but too big to succeed.
Candidate Obama promised us a plan for American energy independence. But President Obama has forced American taxpayers to subsidize bankrupt green energy companies with ties to his campaign donors. And when it comes to the energy we actually use to fuel our economy, President Obama’s administration blocks drilling and drags its feet on the permitting process. Meanwhile, he supports foreign energy developments, but not American made energy development. His administration opposes everything from drilling in ANWR to building the Keystone Pipeline to coal plants, but he’s all for subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and sitting back on his thumb while China moves in to pursue oil deals with Canada because his administration blocked responsible energy infrastructure development.
Candidate Obama promised us “the most transparent administration in history.” But in addition to refusing FOIA-requested documents, President Obama’s administration regularly holds meetings outside the White House and off the official White House visitor list with lobbyists and corporate interests they don’t want us to know about.
Candidate Obama promised to unite all America, but President Obama has cynically divided us again and again in his efforts to win reelection by playing identity politics and class warfare and pitting one group against another.
Candidate Obama promised us a “fundamentally transformed” America, and that is the only promise he’s delivered on. We can see now what his idea of “hope” is. Now we want change. He has failed to lead, so We the People must lead. And our leadership starts at the ballot box on November 6th.
Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it’s also imperative that we get involved in the nation’s important House and Senate races. These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!
Representative Vicky Hartzler, who serves the 4th Congressional District in Missouri, discussed with LaDonna Hale Curzon, Host and Executive Producer, Sarah Palin Radio, her reelection strategy to counter an onslaught from high-profile Democrats including Nancy Pelosi. “Democrats have their knives out for Rep. Hartzler because in 2010, with the help of an endorsement from Gov. Palin, she defeated Ike Skelton, a Democrat who had been in office for 34 years,” Curzon said.
Rep. Hartzler said her first term has gone very well so far and it has been an “honor to fight for the good people of Missouri and the conservative agenda,” however, she expressed frustration with the Senate and the White House who have been blocking our attempt to create jobs and who continue to circumvent the Constitution, but we’re fighting and I’m glad I can be there and do it.”
Curzon asked Rep. Hartzler if she thought the Tea Party successes of 2010 would carry over into this election cycle.
“I really do. I don’t think the message that we need to live within our means and we need less government and more freedom to abide by the Constitution – I don’t think that has waned at all, and I think people still know that’s what we’ve got to do in this country. They’re still energized and will be out there just as strong this year taking out different Senators and people running who don’t believe in those things. and want to continue taking us down the path of more big government. So, I feel like they do have an impact and I’m very encouraged by all the good work they’ve been doing,” Rep. Hartzler said.
Curzon asked Rep. Hartzler if she has had any polling done on her race for reelection. The Congresswoman did have polling conducted and was very encouraged by the results.
“As you know, after taking out a 34-year incumbent Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who had been in office since I was a sophomore in high school, and the Democrats had controlled this area my entire life – if you can imagine, they’re not very happy with our victory and want to defeat me this fall and are coming after me with a well-funded candidate from trial attorneys and labor unions, and Emily’s List people. But, I feel good about where we are right now. We’re working very hard and believe we will prevail as a group again in November,” Rep. Hartzler said.
Stark Differences Between Rep. Hartzler and Opponent
“How would you say you differ from your Democrat opponent,” Curzon asked.
“About every aspect,” Rep. Hartzler said. She continued, “[Skelton] for instance, last week said that she thinks it’s ridiculous that we’re still trying to repeal ObamaCare. Well, I can tell you that needs to be repealed. It’s bad for job creation, it’s bad for every family, it’s bad for our freedom, and it needs to go. But, she’s a supporter of Nancy Pelosi’s and received campaign donations from her, and I’m sure would love to vote with her.”
Rep. Hartzler continued delineating the stark differences between the incumbent and herself.
“…she believes in big government, and I believe in individual freedom, and less government, and family values. I’m pro-life….She’s pro-choice. There’s going to be a big difference for the voters this November, but the Missouri Fourth District is conservative, it’s pro-life, it’s pro-gun, and it believes in living within its means, and I believe if we had the funds to get out our message of the good work we’ve been doing – we have a good grassroots organization, that’s working hard already, I feel like we will prevail, but it is going to be a battle and unfortunately, they are coming after me,” she said.
Jobs and Economy Most Critical Issues
Rep. Hartzler said the most critical issue in her district is jobs and the economy, “even though there are a lot of other issues that are very important to us.” She said unemployment is very high in her district, her constituents are hurting, and frustrated that the government keeps wasting precious tax dollars. She said her constituents are also concerned that we are becoming increasingly dependent on foreign countries such as China, because of our ever-increasing debt and deficit. “The main issues that come up over and over again are that we’ve got to get government out of the way and let the private sector create jobs.” She said the government has got to start living within its means and spend less.
Gay Marriage is “Bad Public Policy”
Curzon asked Rep. Hartzler about her position on gay marriage. “I think it’s bad public policy,” she said. “I really think marriage between a man and a woman is the best for society and for families and has prevailed for thousands of years, and that’s what we should stick with.” Obama up till a few months ago had been against gay marriage. He “evolved” his position in advance of a major fund-raiser attended by prominent LGBT activists.
On Potential Running Mates for Romney
Curzon asked Rep. Hartzler who she’d like to see as Mitt Romney’s running mate. “There are a lot of excellent candidates out there that I think would do a great job, and so I’m not coming out for any particular one, but I’m encouraged at several of the people I hear being talked about. I don’t know personally very many of them,” she said, but spoke about her House colleague Paul Ryan, who she does know. “He’s a very, very great guy, very smart, and would certainly be a worthy person to have on there with you.” Rep. Hartzler had met Marco Rubio only once, but liked what she heard him say. “The others sound good too,” she said.