Jack Jordan’s Campaign manager contacted me recently and arranged a sit down with Jack today. Partly in response to the meeting I had with Jackie Walorski I am sure. We met here at the local McDonald’s, and had a very good talk.
First of all, let me say that his demeanor is vastly different from Jackie. She tends to talk a mile a minute. Jack actually is much more easy going, and was much easier to talk to. We sat down, and introduced our selves, and really spent the first few minutes getting to know each other. then we went on to talk about how the campaign is going.
Jack Jordon is not a politician, and that was obvious. it was in fact, refreshing to hear him talk about his decision to run for office. He explained that he really was not even interested in the job, but his feelings toward the ‘state of things’ in the current government body compelled him to move forward with the campaign. He also expressed that he has no desire to stay in politics for the rest of his life, like so many do. he just wants to serve a term or two, MAYBE three, and then get out. This is the mentality that I wish all political hopefuls had.
we had talked about what he was doing as far as getting his name out there. He said that his day yesterday was spent going around to various places of business, restaurants and meeting the people. We talked at length about the new media, and getting set up on facebook, twitter, his website, and the merits of each. It was very clear here that Jack is a Man of the people, and not so much when it comes to the new technology, but he was learning.
We shifted the conversation to some of the issues. I asked him what he though about the current health care debate going on. Jack believes that while there is room for improvement, this country still has the best health care system in the world. I don’t think you can find too many Americans that would disagree with that one. he also indicated that there are many things about the health care system and the current state of insurance that can be improved, but jumping in and totally revamping the system is a scary prospect at best. He did mention that the insurance companies do indeed need better regulation. there should be no denying coverage for preexisting conditions, no dropping coverage be cause of major illness onset, and various other aspects that made a lot of sense.
I then ask Jack what he thought about the Job situation, being as so many are without work, and what he though he could do at the federal level to affect the situation. This is one area where I do believe that Jack has a very good understanding of the problem. Jack went into great detail to outline the relationship of the banks with the small businesses, and the fears of both in the current economic situation, and their concern with the policies being hashed out at the federal level. He said that many business are looking to expand, however the fears of what is to come with these various debates is preventing them from moving forward with the expansion, and keeping the banks from financing them. I was very impressed with his knowledge in business management, and his understanding of the major problems they are currently facing. I do believe that this will be a big help in his tenure if he does make it to the house.
I also asked him what he thought about the green energy push, and it’s effects on the economy. Jack indicated to me that he believes that green technology is very important, but a true solution is still years away. he also indicated that while he does believe that moving towards a green solution is vital, we should not force the issue with things like cap & trade. He mentioned that he believes in the ‘drill here, drill now’ path toward energy independence. this is a view that Jack and I share.
The last issue I asked him about, is what he thought about the state if immigration, and what he thinks should be done. Jack believes that the first step he would take is to secure the borders. This is a common feeling amongst republicans that I have researched, and I do tend to believe that if you don’t cover the borders as a first step, then anything else is a waste of time. He then spoke of the fact that with the number of illegal immigrants presently in the U.S., that removing them is truly not an option. He indicated while he does not believe in amnesty he does believe that there should be some path to citizenship. Jack did say that just saying ‘we forgive you, you can stay’ is out of the question. He indicated that any path to citizenship should involve going through the proper channels to achieve, and I do applaud him for that.
Towards the end of the interview, Jack had some questions for me as well. He was interested in knowing what I thought of the content of his web site, and what issues I thought he should address. throughout the interview he seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say, and what I though his focus should be. this really struck a nice cord with me.
All in all, I think that Jack Jordan does have a pretty clear vision of what Government should be, and a very good understanding of what it has become. Jack is without a doubt a non-politician candidate, and I believe that will help him in his campaign. I actually felt today that if he is to win the election, he would be a true voice of the people. I was quite impressed in meeting him, and he is interested in another meeting in the future. I will detail that one as well, you can be sure.
I believe that everyone should take care and listen to both of these republican candidates when making their decision, because choosing the right person for the job is vital. Don’t make this decision in haste.