Friday, January 15, 2010

Interview With Congressional Candidate Kevin Calvey (R-OK)

Jumping in Pools is proud to present interview number 52 in our ongoing series. Kevin Calvey is running for a seat in the US House of Representatives from the great state of Oklahoma. A former state legislator, Mr. Calvey is a veteran of the Iraq War, receiving a Bronze Star during his service. Please check out his campaign site and donate so we can send him to Congress this fall.

1. What has convinced you to run for Congress?

I am on a mission to take back our country from the liberals and big spenders who have captured it. I can no longer sit idly by and watch those currently in power destroy our country, any more than I could have sat by and watched others bear all the burden of defending our country against terrorism. Just as I felt compelled to join the Army National Guard just after the start of the Iraq War, when I was 37 years old, and to volunteer to deploy to Iraq when I left politics in 2006, now I feel compelled to run for US Congress. Whoever wins this district will be a Republican- My goal is to ensure we get the right kind of Republican, a conservative Republican who won't back down in the face of special interests and liberal pressure.

2. Do you believe that the nation has become more conservative in the past year or that the population is against the President's leftist policies?

Both. I think many people who were disillusioned with President Bush and big-spending Congressional Republicans now realize that the Democrats are far worse.

3. What has been President Obama's best moment in office so far? Worst?

Best moment: keeping Bob Gates as Secretary of Defense. While Secretary Gates is not perfect, he is far better than those I feared President Obama would nominate.

Worst moment: There are so many bad moments: stimulus, health care, cap and trade, Copenhagen, and the list goes on, but perhaps the worst is allowing his Attorney General, Eric Holder, to prosecute US intelligence agents just for doing their jobs under the law as it was understood at the time. To prosecute those who are trying to defend us, even if one believes the policies at the time allowed improper interrogation techniques, is a terrible betrayal of loyal Americans which will deter others from serving our country in the intelligence agencies and cause current agents to forego gaining vital information that will save American lives.

4. Do you believe that Republicans and libertarians can unite under a single candidate in 2012?

There are a few hardcore libertarians who won't, but I think most libertarian-minded people could unite with a Republican who is conservative enough, especially on fiscal issues.

5. What is the most important thing that the people of Oklahoma need?

Like everywhere else, permanent jobs. And more jobs will come only with greater liberty, which is the only way to real, permanent economic growth.

6. What was your proudest moment as state legislator?

I have two: 1) writing the largest tax-cut law in Oklahoma history; and 2) writing the "Stand Your Ground" law, a bill which provides greater self-defense rights for law-abiding citizens.

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