Chat live with Kevin Yoder, Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District
October 19, 2010
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Join us Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a live chat with 3rd District Congressional GOP candidate Kevin Yoder. You can submit your questions in advance below.
I'd like to thank Kevin for joining us for today's live chat. We'll get started right now!
Thanks for having me - looking forward to the discussion!
I admired your work in the Legislature the past few years - you acted as a moderate Republican voice that was willing to work with both sides to fix our state's problems. However, in your campaign materials, you seems to be emphasizing much more right-wing views then in the past. Has your political philosophy changed?
I believe very strongly that our federal government is borrowing, spending and taxing too much. I believe that we have to change the philosophy and direction in which our country is heading. There are some very basic but important American ideals that are being lost: freedom, individual liberty and free enterprise. Many of the policies coming out of Washington over the past few years have grown the size of the federal budget, increased the size of the national debt and expanded the regulatory authority of federal agencies.
The result has been record deficits and staggering unemployment. The policies of bigger and more expansive government aren't working. We must return to traditional limited government and free enterprise values if we are going to restore the prosperity and potential of the United States.
As your Congressman, I'll work every day to fight for these principles and values.
What is your biggest issue with the new Health Care Law? and, if elected, do you plan to address the issue?
I believe that we need true bi-partisan healthcare reform that increases accessibilty, affordabilty and quality of care for every American. This is an important issue and unfortunately the new governmental takeover of healthcare will decrease the quality of care, create longer waiting lines and increase the costs of care for every American. In addition, the plan promises to make drastic cuts to Medicare. Our national debt is over $13 trillion dollars. The federal government has a horrible track-record of managing federal resources. Allowing bureaucrats and politicians in Washington to take greater control of 1/6 of the economy is going to add to the national deficit and lead to a lower quality of care for many Americans. If elected I will work to repeal and replace this flawed law with true reform that includes allowing competition to reduce costs and increase quality by allowing insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines, allowing individuals to deduct their health insurance premiums on their taxes and allowing small business owners to pool together and share risk. These ideas and many others would be the start of true healthcare reform in this country.
What is your position on "Complete Streets", and making Kansas roadways safer for bicyclists and pedestrians?
For more information on Complete Streets, users can see this link: http://www.completestreets.org/
As a KU Student and Lawrence resident for 8 years, I saw firsthand the value and importance of bike lanes to our community. As KU Student Body President, I worked with student leaders to add bike racks to the front of campus busses so students would be encouraged to use bicycles and public transportation. Downtown Lawrence is a treasure and the pedestrian crossings and accessibility to all forms of transportation is important to the community and the state of Kansas.
You were supportive of LGBT rights as a Kansas legislator and have been endorsed by the Kansas Equality Coalition for that support. Will you continue to be a supporter of LGBT rights if elected to Congress? Do you support the repeal of DADT? DOMA?
In Kansas, marriage has been defined since 1861 as between one man and one woman and I support that law. I believe that this is a state's rights issue and I support the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.
How do you feel about the push for California to legalize the use of marijuana for adults? Would you support such an action in the state of Kansas?
As we've seen with the California economy and bankrupt California state government, California is not the trend setter by which we want to model our federal government. We have 9.6% unemployment in this country and small businesses and families are struggling to make ends meet. We need to focus on the task at hand: getting America back to work and balancing our federal budget. Legalizing drugs in this country is not the answer to these problems and I would oppose federal legislation that would legalize or expand drug use in the United States.
Our time with Kevin is up. I'd like to thank him for joining us today for the live chat. A big thank you to our users for submitting questions for Kevin — I'm sorry we couldn't get to all of them!
Thanks to your readers for submitting questions. This was fun. If you would like more information about our campaign, please go to our website at www.KevinYoder.com. As a proud Jayhawk, I'd appreciate your vote on November 2nd!