The first two questions were dealing with helping small businesses grow and thrive.
Jackson wants to get government out of the way of businesses.
Allen has worked in small businesses and with them. He echoed the statements of Jackson about the regulations and red tape from local, state and federal government. Allen criticized Tim Kaine on his record of thwarting small businesses.
Marshall enumerated several bills he authored that helped protect small businesses avoid unnecessary regulation.
Radtke worked in small businesses and is a Mom. “We need a Mom in Washington.” She again attacked Allen and there was a moan from the audience. She accused Allen of taking money from Freddie and Fannie.
Next question – what can be done to save Social Security?
Radtke again attacks Allen for Fannie and Freddie and called him out for not answering the question she posed on the mortgage giants. However, the forum is not set up for that and Allen answered the question posed.
On the question of saving Medicare and Social Security, Jackson is the only candidate to urge the repeal of Obamacare. Jackson wants to cut the federal budget with an ax.
Next Question – Spending.
Marshall said we need a balanced budget. He would amend appropriations bills to force a vote on tying spending to revenue sources. He would hold the Senate accountable.
Radtke – we need to focus on spending. All revenue will be used to service the debt and pay entitlements. She spoke about her “My 2 Cents” plan.
Jackson said he respects his fellow candidates too much to attack them (an obvious jab at Radtke to stop the attacks.) He said that government has exceeded it’s authority to spend what they are spending.
Allen mentioned his time in the Senate and the attacks on 9/11. (He is obviously answering Radtke here.) He wants a balanced budget with line item veto. Spending the last 3 years has been out of control. National Defense a priority.
Next Question – College tuition processes out of control.
Radtke – we need to get the federal government out of education. Attacks Allen for spending. Accuses him of wasteful spending and dodging. Accused Allen of dodging.
Jackson – When government gets involved, prices go up. Get the feds out of Virginia’s business and enforce the 10th amendment. He worked his way through college.
Allen – agrees with Jackson. Constraints – line item veto – pay check reduction for Congress if they don’t do a budget. Tuition freeze. Trade schools.
Marshall paid his own way. Make the parents responsible for the student loans. He criticizes Radtke’s “My 2 Cents” and says it won’t work without tax increases. No easy way out.
Next Question – Businesses want to provide Health Care. Wants a small business shared risk pool.
Jackson – We need to allow businesses to have the freedom to aggregate health care leverage and get the government out of the way.
Allen – Repeal ObamaCare. Use Health Savings Accounts instead. Allows patients to know the prices – which will force prices down. Groups should be allowed across state lines.
Marshall – Has introduced legislation to buy insurance across state lines. Stop illegal aliens from coming into the US. Medical ethics.
Radtke – Has a $5,000 deductible. We need competition, not government control. HSA’s. Attacks Allen for losing in 2006 and running a bad campaign that allowed Democrats to win in 2006.
Next Question – Defense Cuts are a problem. How can we fix it?
Allen – No certainty on taxes, military spending and staffing and the cuts will devastate the military. We need a Republican president and Senate. Defense is the top job of the government. Get EPA out of the way and don’t cut Veteran benefits.
Marshall – Saw programs that were implemented only to provide jobs. Waste of money – we need to be smart with our defense dollars.
Radtke – grew up in a military family. Knows the sacrifice. Congress top priority is defense. Stop nation building. Stop getting into wars. Stop borrowing money from China.
Jackson – the only Veteran – USMC. He hates to see Veterans challenged on their benefits. Vets deserve every bit of our support.
Marshall – Attacks Allen on building an interchange with tax money and attacks Kaine on stimulus money. Never betrayed his oath. Will annoy Liberals in DC as much as he has in Richmond.
Allen – Optimistic. Freedoms are at risk from Federal high tax and high spending by Liberals. We must unleash our free enterprise system without government intervention. Use oil and gas off shore. No health care rationing. No forced unions.
Jackson – Cautions colleagues – WE CANNOT TEAR EACH OTHER APART. One of us must go up against Tim Kaine. Who is suited for the moment at hand? Who can reach blacks and Hispanics? Who can tell them we care? We muse beat Kaine and Obama. They drank Kool-Aid – he did not. Jackson got a standing ovation.
Radtke – Insanity – doing the same thing over and over again. As a Mom knows what it is like to see the government come into your home. Career politicians are destroying the nation. This is about saving people from Washington. We need to restore trust in the government.