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Hello everyone and thank you for coming out tonight.

I always want to keep in touch with my constituents. I work for you, so I need to know what you are thinking. Before you ask, no, I haven't made a decision on who to endorse in the primary. That decision will come soon, but I haven't reached it yet. I'll answer about anything else!

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A tall burly man wearing a NRA Cap and American Flag T-Shirt approaches you.  

Senator,

I have a lot of issues with liberals.  And year after year, one or two of you Blue Dogs gets released from the pound to tell conservatives like myself proclaiming yourself to be in sync with our values then go off to Washington and vote with the left's agenda time and again.  What makes you different than Blue Dogs that are leashed by the progressive wing of their party?  

 

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Hello,

Thank you for your question, because honestly, politicians going to Washington and bowing to the elite of their party was the reason decided to run for office in the first place.

So, the response I have to your question is that the only people I am beholden to are the citizens of Texas. There is no bureaucrat, donor, or PAC that is going to tell me how to vote. The only things I consider before I vote are my moral and ethical values and whether the action will help the people of Texas. Nothing else. So that is what makes me different than many of my peers in Washington, who seem to be routinely roped into doing something that is not in the interest of their constituents. That sole serving of the people of Texas has led to results in government. So far I have worked with both sides to write and pass legislation that helps the VA give better care to our veterans and makes revenge porn illegal, to name a few highlights, and just yesterday, I bucked my party and voted for President Fitzgerald's T-TIP plan. Politics would say not to give a Republican President running for reelection a win in an election year, but honestly I don't care about the politics of it--this plan will help Texans, and that's what I care about.

That's why I don't believe in labels like "blue dog" or "progressive." I'm not going to be limited to a label, because that leads to tribalism and hypocrisy. I promise that everything I do will be based on what I think will help the people of Texas; not politics or coercion. We may disagree, and I know I will make a few mistakes, but my votes will be my values and Texas' values alone, trying to fight for you and what will help your family. That's what makes me different than other politicians.

Thank you again for your question.

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On 10/8/2018 at 7:28 PM, Wm96 said:

Hello everyone and thank you for coming out tonight.

I always want to keep in touch with my constituents. I work for you, so I need to know what you are thinking. Before you ask, no, I haven't made a decision on who to endorse in the primary. That decision will come soon, but I haven't reached it yet. I'll answer about anything else!

 

What would you say is the #1 issue that you would address as president?

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Hello, and thank you for your question.

So first, just to remind you and make it clear to everyone else, I am not running for President. The people of Texas elected me to serve 6 years in the Senate, and that’s what I intend to do.

If I were elected, though, the first thing executive action I would take would be ending this trade war with China. You’ve seen American businesses suffer in the Chinese market, American consumers have to pay higher prices on Chinese goods, and now American farmers be threatened with Chinese tariffs since this has started. We have a lot of agricultural and international business here in Texas. We can’t just attack a trading partner as large as China without considering the larger implications of our actions.

I would still work to make trade more fair and free, but I would do it with diplomacy and precision, not just slap a bunch of tariffs and hope for the best. I hope the President will change course and start to do the same now.

But, again, I’m not running for President. Thank you again for your question.

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Mr. Rambor,

Some places in this state seems to be turning into Mexico with entire areas speaking exclusively Spanish. I and many others in Texas don't like it at all. It wasn't like this in recent decades. Our state's founding was in opposition to Mexico we don't want it to become like the complete mess that Mexico is we want it to stay like Texas. How do you feel about the matter?

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Senator,

the GOP has a candidate that is a noted White Nationalist. They have yet to formally condemn them. What do you think is the hold up?

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16 hours ago, Kurt Faulhammer said:

Mr. Rambor,

Some places in this state seems to be turning into Mexico with entire areas speaking exclusively Spanish. I and many others in Texas don't like it at all. It wasn't like this in recent decades. Our state's founding was in opposition to Mexico we don't want it to become like the complete mess that Mexico is we want it to stay like Texas. How do you feel about the matter?

Hello and thank you for your question,

I think there are two separate issues to address here. The first is the fear of Texas becoming a "complete mess" like Mexico.

The Mexican people are victims of a corrupt government that has failed to work in the interest of its people. It's well documented that Mexican politicians routinely take bribes from criminals and interest groups, enriching themselves at the expense of the people they are supposed to work for. I absolutely believe that we need to keep from becoming Mexico, but I don't think that has anything to do with the culture or people that are here and everything to do with fighting corruption in our government. You want to keep from becoming economically disempowered like Mexico? Elect ethical politicians; it's the most important thing you can do.

The other issue is communities speaking Spanish rather than English. I believe very deeply in freedom. We have the freedom to live how we please, so long as we aren't hurting our fellow man. That's what our country was founded on. I only know Spanish well enough to order in a restaurant, but you know what I think when I hear people in the street speaking Spanish? I think wow. This is a great country. We have people of all kinds that are free to live how they want to live. I think that is beautiful, and I think we are all better off for it.

Thank you again for your question.

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15 hours ago, Jsawrie said:

Senator,

the GOP has a candidate that is a noted White Nationalist. They have yet to formally condemn them. What do you think is the hold up?

I'm very interested in how this is going to play out. To me, this is a moral issue. The Republicans have a moral responsibility to disavow someone that holds such detestable views that are antithetical to everything we stand for as a nation.

I think this is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to politics. We are not defined by the political choices we make that align with our ethics--those are easy--no, we are defined by what we do when the ethical thing will damage you politically. Will we stand up for what's right even when it might doom us politically? That's the difference between a good man and just another corrupt politician.

It would be good politically for the Republicans to stand behind Taylor. I mean, he might flip another Senate seat in Virginia, which would be huge for them. But I think it's clear that it would be immoral for them to back someone who believes that many of you among us are worth less than him. I very much hope that the Republicans will do the right thing here. Only time will tell.

Thank you for your question.

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