Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich joined Chris to talk about his trip to the First in the Nation Primary state and offered a spirited defense of Common Core.
NH native Matt Bonner took to his weekly radio show today to address a bizarre incident in the Spurs game against the Celtics in which rookie guard Marcus Smart punched Bonner in the groin for no apparent reason.
US Senator Rand Paul is expected to launch his presidential bid on April 7th. While some of his Republican opponents may have the new car smell, Paul talks about the relationships he has built in New Hampshire. Many of his comments were not as focused on his primary opponents as on former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Chris Ryan caught up with Senator Rand Paul on the campaign trail at Dyn Inc., an internet performance company in Manchester,New Hampshire. Senator Paul believes that many New Hampshire voters are part of a liberty movement–a leave me alone coalition. This group desires smaller government, second amendment protection, and the right to privacy. These are all issues that Senator Paul has championed. When he combines his support of liberty issues with his very conservative voting record, Senator Paul contends that he is a candidate who can appeal to a broader group of voters than most Republican candidates. One liberty issue which he supports is allowing the use of medical marijuana and decreasing punishments for crimes related to marijuana.
In 2008, the debates for the Republican candidates tended to resemble a celebrity death match. When Senator Paul was asked about how the GOP debates might be different this time, he stated that his focus will be on Hillary Clinton. He is calling for Mrs. Clinton to return the money that she and her husband have received from countries like Saudi Arabia. Money that the Clinton Foundation has received from countries that discriminate against women, such as Brunei and the United Arab Emirates, should be returned. He implied that it his hypocritical for Hillary to pose as the champion of women’s rights while accepting large bundles of cash from country like Brunei where by law women are stoned to death for adultery. Similarly, he believes that Hillary will have difficulty appealing to the middle class or working class voters. In addition to her getting lots of cash from Wall Street, the Senator points out that the Clintons have made hundreds of millions, they have several mansions, and Hillary hasn’t driven herself anywhere in 17 years. Senator Paul believes that she will have to do a lot of explaining when you combine these facts with the impression that people have that the Clintons act like they are above the law. He pointed out that when she was Secretary of State that Hillary Clinton fired an ambassador for using his private email.
Political commentator Charlie Arlinghaus joins Chris and Rebecca to talk all things NH Primary.
US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, continues to weigh a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The senator joined Chris Ryan, Dean Spiliotes and State Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) at the Barley House in Concord. The high point of the interview dealt with the connection between Wall Street and the Democrat Party. When he was asked about Hillary Clinton’s involvement with so many Wall Street donors, Senator Sanders made some surprising observations.
In his view, Congress can not regulate Wall Street because Wall Street regulates Congress. Pointing to a portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, Sanders called for a breaking up of the power of these huge banks and investment companies. The Senator believes that President Obama should have done more to punish the people responsible for the collapse of the market in 2008. It seemed that they were “too big to jail.” He also said that, “The business model of Wall Street is fraud.”
Several factors are affecting why Senator Sanders is considering making a run for democratic Party nomination for president. As a parent and grandparent, he is concerned about the future of the country. For Sanders, the forty year decline of the middle class, income inequality, and climate change are serious problems. In public appearances, Senator Sanders has enjoyed enthusiastic support. However, when asked about the problems of getting the financial support that a presidential campaign would require, the Independent Senator from Vermont acknowledged that it would have to be a well coordinated, grassroots movement.
To accomplish a more equitable economic climate, Bernie Sanders would favor major tax reforms to get more money from the top 1% of income earners; close loopholes which allow corporations like GE to pay no taxes; and eliminate using off shore accounts. He would use the increased tax revenues to improve the country’s infrastructure. This would create millions of good paying jobs. Sanders would also use these increased funds to make college tuition more affordable and provide universal free healthcare.
At age 73, Bernie Sanders is still an energetic and passionate advocate for the progressive movement. He credits this attitude to growing up in a working class Brooklyn family and his own life experiences. He maintains his passion today because he is concerned that many of the people that come to see him are struggling to make ends meet–senior citizens, young families, and low wage earners. To achieve his progressive goals, Sanders believes that there needs to be a revolution of political consciousness–concerned citizens need to put pressure on their elected officials. He wants to create a strong grassroots movement which will give Congress an offer they can’t refuse.
Next, the conversation turned to foreign policy with emphasis on Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Senator Sanders prefaced his remarks by stating that he voted against the war in Iraq. He described the enormous cost of the war to our country in terms of money and lives. Furthermore, the Senator believes that the war destabilized the region and is the cause of many of the problems in those countries today. To him the ISIS and all of the other current problems represent a quagmire which the United States should avoid. sanders described it as “a war for the soul of Islam.” We have no business getting involved, and we should let countries like Saudi Arabia take care of ISIS. Sanders is opposed to Iran getting nuclear weapons, but he was against the recent letter signed by Republican senators. He feels that this will only disrupt negotiations. He is concerned about the threat of terrorism. He would continue air strikes, but Muslim countries in the area should take the lead in providing ground troops.
The exit question was which former president would a Sanders presidency most be like. Sanders most admired Franklin Roosevelt because of his standing up for the working people against the economic royalists of his time.
Senator Ted Cruz talked with Chris Ryan about the distinct possibility that he’ll run for President. Cruz also discussed how he’ll expand his base of support to include NH’s famous Independent voters, and he responded to criticism about the letter he signed that was sent to Iran’s leaders.
Senator Cruz is very encouraged by the level of enthusiasm for his candidacy at this point. That is why he is putting together a team and assessing the levels of his support in key states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina. With the Republican field of candidates being so crowded, Chris asked how he intends to separate himself from the rest of the pack. The senator feels that the voters are tired of career politicians who say one thing and do another. He feels that he has consistently stood up for conservative values on the major issues such as, opposition to Obamacare and the president’s immigration amnesty program; stopping the Common Core education program; standing up for free speech and religious liberty, defending second amendment rights, protecting privacy rights and defense of marriage and right to life; and support of Israel and opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear power. Senator Cruz feels that he has spoken out and been a leader on these issues.
“How will you try to appeal to Independents?” was the next topic. Ted Cruz believes that Independents want a government that will be consistent with traditional values like “live within your means”, “don’t bankrupt our kids’ and grand-kids’ futures”, and “follow the Constitution.” Finally, he believes that all voters want authenticity–a candidate who does what he says that he is going to do. He offered an anecdote about a liberal California Democrat named Christian who is supporting Cruz in 2016. Christian recently received a very expensive bill for Obamacare, and he feels that Ted Cruz is the only candidate who is serious about repealing the “Affordable” Care Act.
Ted Cruz was one of the 47 senators who signed the letter to the leaders of Iran about the proposed nuclear development program. Chris asked if there was any regret about sending the letter. Cruz believes that there are two reasons why President Obama and the Senate Democrats have responded in an hysterical manner to the Senate letter. First, they can not defend the deal that the president has negotiated. It undermines our alliance with our best ally in the region, Israel. Also, the deal threatens the security of the United States. Iran is building an ICBM missile program which could deliver their nuclear weapons here. The second reason involves Constitutional precedent. The senators believed that President Obama intended to circumvent the Senate in making this deal without the advise and consent or ratification by the Senate or legislation which the Constitution requires. They believe that the president will either just make the deal or put through an agreement in the United Nations. Senator Cruz believes that this “deal’ with Iran endangers our national security interests and violates our Constitution. He stated that any candidate who will not repudiate this agreement with Iran in January of 2017 is not fit to be our Commander-in-Chief.
Who does one of NH’s top athletes of all-time believe should be on the list? Matt Bonner and Chris Ryan discuss.
State Senator Dan Feltes joins Chris and Rebecca for the weekly “State House Report”. They talk taxes, health care cost, contraception and tanning.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham spent the last two days in New Hampshire as he weighs a possible Presidential run. Graham sat down to talk to Chris Ryan.
Potential GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins Chris for a in-depth discussion on rebuilding the American economy, eliminating corruption and increasing transperancy in government and Hillary Clinton’s State Department issues.