Along with the other two candidates, I was interviewed by Howard Greninger of the Terre Haute Tribune Star. You can read the story here.
If you are interested in how the media works, you can compare the written story, which is heavily edited, with my actual answers to the questions. As these things go, Greninger was professional and did a good job, but it still serves as an example of the limits of local journalism, as you’ll see if you compare the two versions. In the edited version, it’s difficult to get much of a feel for the candidates. Of course space is limited in the physical paper, but not so much on the internet. It would be nice to be able to read the unedited versions of all the candidates answers. Problem is, putting that together and publishing it takes time and time is something newspaper people don’t have enough of. Or more accurately, employees are something newspapers don’t have enough of.
Anyway, here are the unedited questions and answers:
Q: What do you think should be done to help small business as well as individuals who may be out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: We need a jobs program for individuals, on top of narrowly targeted short term financial aid to make sure people in affected industries can eat and make the rent and utilities. For businesses that were shut down, Government should help broker deals with their creditors and financially support them in other effective ways. Government ordered the shutdown, government should ensure lives and businesses are not destroyed because of it.
Q: I saw your statement on health care, to institute some form of universal health care. Is there a current health care model that you would suggest?
A: I would study what has proven most effective in other countries and support anything that moves us in that direction. The fact is that most of us pay twice as much for health insurance that doesn’t cover much of anything. It’s not really a mystery how we could pay half as much for better. Just learn from what works elsewhere and add American ingenuity.
Q: Debate among Democrats, prior to the pandemic, centered on student loan debt. What do you think Congress should do on such debt.
A: First we need to take the debt back from the predatory lenders. After that there are no easy answers. We’ll need to come up with the most fair criteria for helping people of different means and track records of making payments. Ideally, I think for most it would involve some kind of work program or community service, but for those who have paid back far more than they borrowed and still have massive debt, I’d be more inclined to forgiveness.
Q: What one thing would you like to accomplish in your first term?
A: I would like to get the ball rolling on making Southwestern Indiana the leader in clean energy job creation. I’d like to put solar panels on every home and business and bring related R&D and manufacturing to the district. That would create good jobs now, cut costs for utilities, save everyone money on their energy bills, help fend off global warming, and position us for a prosperous future.