4th District Republican Candidate Tom Carter Interviewed on Gulf Coast Mornings

While Steven Palazzo and Gene Taylor are capturing the most media attention, Tom Carter is also in the race to represent the Republican Party in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.  The lifelong Mississippian was interviewed on NewsRadio 104.9 FM Gulf Coast Mornings.

Identifying himself as a businessman who has never run for public office (nor voted for nor with Rep. Nancy Pelosi), Carter discussed the need to reduce burdens on businesses to strengthen the economy.  The interview also included Obamacare, the national debt, career politicians, and the defense presence on the Gulf Coast.

Hear the entire interview from the NewRadio 104.9FM website.

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Republican Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Tom Carter

The Miss. Republican Party has authorized 4 candidates to run for the 4th Congressional District.  The little known Tom Carter from Carriere, Miss. is a businessman and SAIC executive (federal contractor).  His views as indicated on his campaign website:

  • Economy:  The role of government is to foster an environment conducive to business.  He will use “tax relief to help Americans keep more of what they earn.”
  • Government Spending:  Staunchly opposed to increasing national debt and the endless debt limit increases.  Advocates a balanced budget with priorities in national defense and protection of Social Security and Medicare.
  • Tax Reform:  Advocates simplifying the tax code and reduce the high level of taxation.
  • Obamacare:  Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare.  Against “fixing;” the law must be killed.
  • Traditional Values:  Opposed to abortion and believes marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman.  “However, I support the free rights of all men and women to make decisions that may be contrary to my core beliefs and values with their lives, and I will respect the law of the land.”

Paul Gallo interviewed Carter on SuperTalk Mississippi on March 24th (7:34 AM).  During the interview, Carter said that is his first run for public office which is an outpouring of his sense of civic duty.  His principled character, dedication to his core and family values, and experience as a businessman separate him from the other candidates.  Carter is for term limits since career politicians lose a connection to their constituents and the understanding of the impact of their policies.  He said he would not vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.

Gallo pressed Carter on how he would work with regard to party politics and obtaining committee positions that could provide the necessary power to influence things (such as the C-130s moving from Keesler AFB).  After Gallo replayed a segment of Gene Taylor’s March 11th interview taking credit for Katrina Relief,  Carter said that connections (as his with the Secretary of the Air Force) are part of business and negotiations.

When asked about how to keep the casino industry, which is a big employer on the Gulf Coast, Carter stated that he did not support the casinos and he is not interested in growing the industry but would continue to utilize them as they exist as an economic tool.

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Republican Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Ron Vincent

Ron Vincent is one of 5 candidates certified by the Miss. Republican Party for the June 3rd Primary election.  Vincent squared-off against Steven Palazzo in the 2012 Primary and received 18.7% of the vote to Palazzo’s 73.9% according to Ballotpedia.

Born in Hattiesburg, Vincent retired from GE Energy and has international business experience according to his campaign website.  He is listed as the organizer of the Hattiesburg Tea Party, a member of Main Street Baptist Church, and was honorably discharged after 3 years in the U.S. Army.

Based on his website, the following are his positions on various issues:

  • Economy:  Remove barriers to business and growth, develop domestic energy sources, reform and strengthen education system.
  • Constitutionally Limited Government:  Supports term limits and abolishing the EPA, HUD, and Department of Education.  Wants to restore constitutional checks and balances and restore government by legislation instead of regulation and executive order.
  • Fiscal Responsibility:  Wants to balance the federal budget, pay-off national debt, eliminate government bailouts and corporate take-overs, reform of entitlement programs, and audit the Federal Reserve.
  • Tax Reform:  Supports the Fair Tax and abolition of the IRS.
  • Obamacare:  Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare.
  • National Defense: Secure the borders and enforce immigration laws.  Restore military strength, end fighting undeclared wars.  End foreign treaties and get out of the United Nations.

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McDaniel Outlines Priorities in Ocean Springs Town Hall

The Sun Herald covered U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel’s March 18th Town Hall in Ocean Springs.

While political advertisements have taken direct aim at his statement that he may not have voted for a Hurricane Katrina relief bill, McDaniel stated that he supports disaster relief but would insist upon safeguards against waste, fraud, and abuse.

Repeatedly asserting the need to return to a constitutionally sized government, McDaniel named the Education, Commerce, and Transportation Departments and the IRS among those government organizations that need to be eliminated.   He indicated that the few essential services provided by those organizations could be handled within other “constitutional” departments or by local governments.

McDaniel supports the repeal of Obamacare, perks for lawmakers, and tax reform.  But he emphasized that his platform is bigger than just the Tea Party while emphasizing the need to return to constitutional government.

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