Interview with Vice President Kyle Fitzgerald
By Brandon Cooper
Cooper: "Thank you for doing the interview Mr. Vice President the readers at Breitbart are eager to pick the mind of the new administration."
Fitzgerald: "Thank you for having me, Brandon."
Cooper: "My first couple of questions are in regards to the new party leadership. What do you think of Kurt Faulhammer becoming the new Speaker of the House?"
Fitzgerald: "I think he's a solid choice. I've already had the opportunity to work with him on this immigration bill. He's really hit the ground running. The President seems to like him too and that's really important."
Cooper: "What are your thoughts on John Andrews as RNC Chairman and Henry Jewel as House Majority Leader?"
Fitzgerald: "To be honest Brandon, I don't know as much about them. Remember, I'm new to Washington. I was the Lieutenant Governor of Texas before the election. Regardless, this administration is committed to working with whoever the party selects for leadership so that we can get things done for the American people. They are from Texas so that's a plus. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better. If the people of Texas sent them to Washington, they must be qualified."
Cooper: "Sounds good I agree as a Texan as well. I want to go back to the immigration bill that Speaker Faulhammer has announced. This is quite a big bill. Many things I like and some I dislike. Should conservatives be happy with it?"
Fitzgerald: "Conservatives should be absolutely thrilled with it. I consider myself a hardliner on immigration. I really do believe this is an issue that will determine the future of this country and the bill we have proposed does a lot of things that are desperately needed. I have a lot of experience as Lieutenant Governor trying to get legislation passed. Even in Texas as a Republican controlled legislature, we sometimes had to negotiate with different factions and interests within our own party to get something across the finish line. If we weren't willing to do that, we never would have even been able to pass a budget and keep the government open. This is a situation where if we aren't willing to make some very minor concessions, we would end up with nothing. When you look at what is in the bill, it's a no-brainer. Really this is like trading a 2nd round pick for Lebron James. Look at what the bill calls "physical barriers" but let's be honest, it's a wall. We get funding for all sorts of technology and equipment along the border. We get E-Verify. We get rid of the Diversity Lottery. We get rid of chain migration. It's a tough bill, but it's also a fair bill."
Cooper:"You bring up the concessions. My biggest issue with the bill and many of my readers agree we shouldn't be doing any amnesty. This bill extends amnesty to DACA recipients the product of an unconstitutional executive order under Obama. Why is it in there if we control the House, Senate, and White House?"
Fitzgerald:"Because this administration is transitioning to a merit based immigration system, and in that system I think it makes sense to keep the DACA kids. A lot of these young people are going to college or even grad school or medical school. Those are high skilled people who are doing the right things. The bill eliminates chain migration, so we don't have to worry about a DACA recipient sponsoring his or her entire extended family. This also isn't the DREAM Act that was introduced in previous sessions of Congress. This is much more limited in scope. I think it's a fair deal."
Cooper: "Moving on from immigration, let's talk about taxes. What is the administration's plans on that front for the foreseeable future?"
Fitzgerald:"We want to cut them."
Cooper:"Where are the priorities for these tax cuts? Is it something that's fiscally responsible right now?"
Fitzgerald:"Brandon, there is a lot of economic anxiety right now in this country. I think it's one of the reasons we won the election. We need to transition away from the high taxation of the Obama administration into pro-growth policies that will create jobs and put money back in the pockets of ordinary Americans. Congressional Republicans have introduced some great proposals to cut taxes, and we will be reviewing those proposals in the near future. We'll probably release a comprehensive plan pretty soon to deliver tax cuts for the American people. But for sure taxes for both individuals and corporations need to be lowered to grow our economy and make America more competitive globally."
Cooper:"I agree. Where is the administration at with healthcare? Obamacare is leaving a lot of people in rough shape."
Fitzgerald:"We need to repeal and replace. It's something the party has promised for years, and we need to follow through. This administration intends to follow through on that promise. I think we will release a bill real soon. We need a plan that makes healthcare truly affordable and accessible for as many Americans as possible."
Cooper:"On the issue of education what is the administration working on? Common Core repeal? School choice?"
Fitzgerald:"We need to get rid of Common Core, and legislation has already been introduced to do that. Education should be local. Local school boards, administrators, teachers, and parents are better suited to educate their own kids than Washington bureaucrats. On school choice, as you probably know Brandon this is a hot button issue back home and we never really got anything big done about it. I grew up in Hearne, a little town outside of Bryan-College Station. In Hearne and in a bunch of other little towns in Texas, the school district is the largest employer and not many private schools are setting up shop in little towns like Hearne. Most little towns are lucky to even have one private school that might go up to 5th or 8th grade. So there has to be a way to protect funding for rural schools. That's why the rural legislators tended to vote against it and I was never fully on board with the proposals I saw. But I support school choice in principle whether it's public school or private school or home school. Where possible and feasible, parents should have choices on how to educate their children and we should expand those choices and invest in the future of this country."
Cooper:"On the last policy issue I wanted to ask you about is trade. Many of my readers at Breitbart think that free trade agreements have destroyed the American manufacturing industry. Many also have ideological commitments to free trade. Where does the administration stand?"
Fitzgerald:"This administration supports free and fair trade. Look, we can't just stop trading with the rest of the world, but we can stop entering into these huge multi-lateral trade agreements like NAFTA. We always seem to get the short end of the stick in these things. In general, multi-lateral trade agreements with 3rd world countries is not ideal. They don't have the kind of labor standards or regulations that we can possibly compete with."
Cooper:"So will NAFTA be repealed?"
Fitzgerald:"I don't like NAFTA, and I personally think it was a mistake. But at this point, I think it would also be a mistake to outright repeal it. I think it needs to be renegotiated. Let's make it more fair. Remember Brandon, a lot of Texas businesses rely on NAFTA today.
Cooper:"Any final closing remarks you want to make to the readers at Breitbart Mr. Vice President?
Fitzgerald:"Brandon, I just want to thank you and everyone at Breitbart for what you do. Y'all are bringing relevancy to a lot of really important issues that weren't getting as much attention before."
Cooper:"Thank you for your time Mr. Vice President."
Fitzgerald:"Thank you, Brandon."