Friday, June 30, 2006

National Review Excerpts Interview

National Review Online excerpts Raj’s interview with the Real Ugly American.

On the difference between he and his opponent, Allyson Schwartz:

The basic fundamental difference is a philosophical outlook. I believe that government can provide the tools for people to help themselves. She believes that government needs to help people on an ongoing continuous basis, and that there is nothing wrong with becoming dependent on government assistance. I have a philosophy in politics that I want to give people the tools to set themselves free. And I believe that we can do that through a really top rate education system. I believe that we've got to have a merit based compensation for teachers. Teachers who do a great job should be very well compensated. They should make several times more in my opinion than what they presently make. Likewise teachers who show up to collect a check and there are a few of them shouldn't be rewarded for that.

I think it's safe to say he's not looking for the NEA endorsement in this race.

Commenting on the significant difference ($1.3 Million to $78K ) in cash on hand,:

She has, without her money, she has all the appeal of a wet paper napkin. But you know you can really dress up the toad with a couple million bucks. We've got the right message. We've got the message of a fresh face and a fresh perspective at a time when people really want a change in Washington. And you know it's just a question of getting that message out. We're knocking on doors, were talking to people, were listening to voter concerns; where as my opponent sits in her office in Washington D.C. and guzzles down huge amounts of cash by special interest groups. That's what's wrong with our political system today. I think everybody recognizes it, and our job is to get the message out. So we're contacting hundreds of voters every single day. And let me remind everybody that this is an election in a fifty fifty district. It's going to boil down to a few thousand votes and our job is to get the message out to concerned voters, that if you're sick of the way things are going and if you believe that the same people who got us into the present mess aren't going to get us out then vote for me.


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