OXFORD – Audience questions Friday brought up new issues for Republican hopefuls Angela McGlowan and Henry Ross in the final push to win their party’s nomination for 1st District Congressman.
“What can we do about tainted products coming into the U.S.?” said a former teacher during a debate sponsored by the Lafayette County Republican Club.
A man wanted to know why U.S. schools teach foreign languages and why English isn’t good enough for everybody.
Another said he was “blown away” by the “radical left Marxist administration’s” new health care law, which contained provisions that have nothing to do with health care.
McGlowan of Oxford and Ross of Eupora offered their campaign platforms to some 50 people during opening and closing statements. They also answered a dozen questions from emcee Mac Boles.
The primary’s third candidate, Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, couldn’t attend because of a prior commitment, Boles said.
McGlowan and Ross addressed the audience’s questions:
n McGlowan said tainted products come from outsourcing and she urged people to buy and make American products. She also supports English-only policies and practices.
n Ross said U.S. immigration laws were hurt in the 1960s when the quota system was abolished and the U.S. lost control of its borders.
Both candidates promised to vote to repeal the new health care law or at least to withhold its funding, if either is elected to Congress.
The June 1 primary winner faces incumbent Rep. Travis Childers and other independent and lesser party candidates Nov. 2.
Ross emphasized his concerns that the three pillars on which America was founded – faith, family and freedoms – were eroding because of liberal policies across the past 50 years. He promised to go to Washington and uphold conservative views.
McGlowan said her years of work in the nation’s capital makes her experienced in how Congress operates. She also promised to fight for her constituents’ conservative views.
Perhaps the most unusual question from Boles was: How many babies should a single lady have before the federal government stops giving her pay raises?
“I don’t think the federal government should pay for the personal irresponsibility of others,” Ross responded.
McGlowan said welfare problems start at home and require solutions from many people in the community. “It really does take a village to raise a child,” she added.
Ross, a former mayor, continued to ask where Congress has been in fighting for American values.
Speaking before a hometown crowd, McGlowan urged their support, saying, “You folks helped raise me and I’m going to Washington to fight for you.”
They agreed to push for tax cuts, elimination of wasteful spending, deportation of illegal immigrants, maintenance of gun rights, to fight terrorism, abolish the U.S. Department of Education and to support capitalism.
“We need to clean house in Washington,” McGlowan said.
Ross also supports states rights, saying the federal government has overstepped its constitutional authority with its expanded role into too many phases of people’s lives.
Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal