Burning questions: Roth on the issues

Finishing his second term representing the 56th Assembly District, Roth also is involved in his family’s home-building business and served in the Air National Guard. He said it’s a good mix, compared to his opponents in the Sept. 14 primary: Terri McCormick, Reid Ribble and Marc Savard.

Roth talked about his views on national issues Tuesday in an interview shown live at www.postcrescent.com. Here’s an edited transcript of the interview:

Why are you running?

I’m running for Congress because we’ve got a government that no longer listens to the people it seeks to represent. And when you look at some of the stuff they’re passing, it’s readily evident. When you see what’s happening with our debts and our deficits. When you see what’s happening with the stimulus bill they passed. You can see that these people are out of touch.

That’s why I’m running for Congress, to be that conservative, independent voice that this district so desperately needs.

Why are you the best of the four Republicans running?

Any one of them would do a far better job than our current congressman, but I think I bring some things to the table that set me apart. I’ve got the small-business experience, I’ve got the legislative experience and I’ve got the military experience.

When you look at what’s happening in Washington right now with the economy, you need someone with small-business experience. When you see what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, you need someone who’s got military experience. And we need someone with legislative experience so they can hit the ground on day one, because the problem we have is going to take someone to get out there and make things happen, not just follow the leadership of their front-row bench.

What do we need to do in Iraq and Afghanistan?

In Iraq, we took out a dictator, we created relative peace and stability in a region, we allowed them to have successful free elections. We’re helping them create a stable security force. I don’t know what more we can do as an American people. At some point, we’re going to have to leave Iraq and I think in the near term, we’re going to have to leave and they’ll have to stand up on their own two feet.

Afghanistan is a different story. You look at what’s happening over there and it’s very troubling. I do not believe that we have a government that is committed to seeing this thing through to victory. I don’t even know what victory means in Afghanistan. When I talk to people, knocking on their doors, they don’t either. I want the president to lay out a plan for what victory will consist of and I want to see us back our military with every resource it needs to achieve that victory. And if we can’t do that, we need to take our men and women out of harm’s way today because it’s not worth allowing them to die by twos and threes for 18 months or two years. We owe it to them to make sure we stand up for them. (Source: Post Crescent)

Go to the source and read the whole article before the September 14th primary.  Be informed as a voter in the 8th Congressional District.

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