7th District candidates Andrew Horning and Barry Campbell Here’s what the Republican and Libertarian candidates for the 7th Congressional District seat, currently held by Julia Carson, had to say, in their own words. Andrew Horning, Republican: www.andy4indy.com NUVO: What qualifies you to be the 7th District’s representative in Washington?

Andrew Horning: I have studied federal law, current facts and world history; few politicians do as much. And as I am certain that most citizens agree with my views on the roles and limits of government, I can honestly state that I’m the best-qualified candidate.

NUVO: What experiences in your life will inform your approach to the job?

AH: I’ve worked in the medical industry and lived an ordinary life in Indy’s poorer neighborhoods for decades, so I’ve experienced the corruption and waste of government firsthand. Power may not always corrupt, but I’ve seen that corrupt people do seek power. My goal is to put a leash on that power so that the poor and underserved can be free.

NUVO: What will be your guiding principles as a congressman?

AH: The corollary of “In God We Trust” is that “in politicians we do not trust.” Entrepreneurs, scientists, craftsmen, moms and everyday laborers built the greatest nation on earth before we had income tax. Since the expansion of socialist government programs, however, we’re working ever longer hours, taking fewer vacations and losing a higher percentage of citizens to prison and mental disease than any other nation. Our schools are worse than the ones we’re building in Iraq, and our health care system is on the ropes. Socialism doesn’t work. Liberty does.

NUVO: What would be your first priorities upon taking the job?

AH: Ending the corruption built on pork, abuse of power, special interests, career politics and special deals for special people. I’d replace it with the Rule of Law and a Fair Deal. This would dramatically improve the health, education and welfare of our people. See www.andy4indy.com for details.

NUVO: What are the most critical issues facing Americans today, and what would you do about them? What about Hoosiers in particular?

AH: Does the government have to follow rules, or not? Are we to limit the government’s role in our lives, or not? It’s easy to see who we’re fighting, but what are we defending? Because while we’re taxing Indy’s poorer citizens out of their homes, and while our energy, employment and transportation infrastructure is crumbling, we’re doling out ever more money to foreign nations, foreign corporations and foreign citizens (through Social Security, no less!).

NUVO: How would you work alongside a second George Bush Administration to accomplish your goals? What about a John Kerry Administration?

AH: I’d work fine with anybody.

NUVO: What do you believe is the role of the congressman, as a member of government and representative of the people?

AH: There should be no confusion about this. Congressmen are legislators who are sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, and their job duties are completely described by that Constitution as short-term representatives of public will. Sadly, we’ve made the job a conduit of pork (a game in which Indiana ranks almost dead last) and an office of celebrity and personal power.

Barry Campbell, Libertarian: www.campbellforcongress.4t.comNUVO: What qualifies you to be the 7th District’s representative in Washington?

Barry Campbell: I have a solid understanding of the Constitution and its amendments — particularly the 10th — which strictly outline the responsibilities and authority of Congress. Republican and Democrat members of Congress have abdicated these responsibilities (such as providing for defense of our nation and declaring war) and abused their authority by infringing on the very rights they have sworn to protect.

NUVO: What experiences in your life will inform your approach to the job?

BC: I can easily compare my current position as a loss prevention manager to that of a congressman. My duties include providing a safe environment and protecting assets. The role of a constitutional government is to provide for a national defense and to protect the rights of its citizens. My work does not entail telling other employees how to do their jobs. Likewise, as representative, it would not be my place to tell citizens how they should live their lives, how to educate their children, who they can marry, how to manage their health care or how they must provide for their own retirement.

NUVO: What will be your guiding principles as a congressman?

BC: Peace, prosperity and freedom. Peace should be supported by providing for defense against all enemies, not an offense against every other nation that develops or acquires sophisticated weapons, or simply fails to obey our wishes. Prosperity should be supported by freeing businesses from suffocating regulations, and by freeing individuals from suffocating taxes. Freedom should be supported by allowing individuals to make their own choices and allowing them to be responsible for the consequences of those choices.

NUVO: What would be your first priorities upon taking the job?

BC: My first priority would have been accomplished upon my election — breaking the stranglehold the Republican and Democrat parties have on American politics. Neither of those old parties cares about anything more than they care about their own power and their ability to dole out favors to their supporters. Both of the old parties are corrupt in the way they support themselves through the use of tax money and in the way they create laws that stifle political competition. Upon taking office, my first priority would be to cut federal spending by opposing funding for any program not authorized by the Constitution.

NUVO: What are the most critical issues facing Americans today, and what would you do about them? What about Hoosiers in particular?

BC: The single most critical issue is the bloated bureaucratic government we have today that feels entitled to delve into virtually any aspect of our lives. The Constitution would be my litmus test for any proposed legislation or appropriation. Everyone, not just those with political power, would benefit from less government intrusion and more freedom. Hoosiers benefit because they currently send much more to Washington, D.C., than they get back in any kind of worthwhile benefits. Fighting for more scraps from the government’s table is not the answer, retaining our money and control is.

NUVO: How would you work alongside a second George Bush Administration to accomplish your goals? What about a John Kerry Administration?

BC: Both George Bush and John Kerry support bigger government, therefore I share no goals with either of them. I would be much happier, and we would all be better off, with a Michael Badnarik Administration.

NUVO: What do you believe is the role of the congressman, as a member of government and representative of the people?

BC: The role of a congressman as a member of government is clearly outlined in the Constitution. The role of the congressman as a representative of the people is to ensure that their rights are protected from both the acts of other individuals and the acts of governments, even our own.

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