US House: John Kline, Republican, incumbent
Why did you decide to run for this position?
I am running for Congress to ensure a safe and secure future for my grandchildren. I am committed to ending the wasteful spending that mortgages their future and ensuring our federal policies encourage - rather than hinder - job creation in America. In addition to getting America's economy back on track, I will continue to ensure our armed forces have the resources they need to keep our nation safe from threats at home and abroad.
The country is facing serious challenges -- high unemployment, rising health care costs, out-of-control spending, other economy issues, and a continuing high number of mortgage foreclosures. What should be done, in your opinion, to address them?
We must recommit ourselves to fiscal responsibility by putting an end to wasteful government spending and embracing economic policies that will grow Minnesota's economy and put people back to work. The private sector - not the federal government - is the engine of our economy.
Currently, the country has little faith in, respect for, Congress' handling -- and resolving -- of the major issues. Can this be changed? Can members of both parties work together for the good of the country? How?
I share most Minnesotans' frustration with the current Congress. The Democrat leadership in 111th Congress has presided over unprecedented spending, debt, and federal intrusion into our homes and workplaces. Moreover, these policies have been enacted with a lack of civility and utter disregard for the input of the minority party. We should instead come together in a bipartisan way on behalf of Americans to achieve true commonsense solutions.
What other challenges do you believe this country faces in the next several years?
Can they be met and how do you propose that they be met? Throughout the past 21 months, businesses small and large have watched with anxiety as Washington has blindly pursued policies that increase taxes, expand the reach of the federal government, and discourage job creation. They lack the certainty they need to plan for the future, hire new employees, and invest in their businesses. I believe we must pursue policies that provide certainty for the small businesses that drive our economy and enable taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money. Keeping taxes low allows families to build a better life for themselves and their children, enables businesses - large and small - to create jobs and compete in the global marketplace, and provides an environment in which innovation can flourish.
What makes you the best candidate for this position?
As the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, I believe that to get Minnesotans back to work and create a lasting economic recovery, we need to eliminate - once and for all -- the economic uncertainty that is stifling job growth. That means taking tax increases and other job-killing policies off the table. It also means getting runaway government spending under control and finally tackling the debts and deficits being forced on our children and grandchildren. I am committed to creating a climate conducive to job-creation and entrepreneurialism that will put our economy on the path to prosperity.