By Paula Walter
Congressman Phil Roe, who is the United States Representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district, paid a visit to The Tomahawk on his way to visit some of his constituents. He sat down and shared some thoughts on the presidential election in progress after just returning from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
What do you see for the United States under a Donald Trump presidency?
“…Trump will easily win the first Congressional District in Tennessee,” said Roe. “I believe we have a chance.”
According to Roe, he believes that Trump needs to get his vision out into the country. Eighty-five percent of constituents in the first Congressional district believe that the country is going in the wrong direction.
“He has a message for people in middle America who have lost jobs and want someone to stand up and fight for them.”
“The world is not as safe as it used to be,” Roe said. Listing terrorist attacks that have occurred in the United States in the last few years, Roe believes that the turmoil is a direct failure on our part and is due to lack of leadership in Washington, DC. According to Roe, there was a huge police presence in Cleveland during the Republican Convention.
“Security was intense,” he added.
According to Roe, Mike Pence, Trump’s vice-presidential choice, will be a good asset.
“Mike will bridge any gap,” he said.
He added he thinks that Trump will look at the job of president of the United States as a businessman.
“I think Trump will be a force on business creation,” Roe added.
On the flip side, Roe was asked what he sees for the United States under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
“She’s the favorite,” he said, quickly adding that he sees the same policies remaining that are currently in place. According to Roe, she has served as the first lady of Arkansas, the first lady and as senator.
“Her entire life has been in the public arena,” he said. According to Roe, she carries some rough baggage with the Benghazi incident and the State Department. Roe indicates that as president, Hillary Clinton will govern in a similar manner to current president, Barack Obama, whereas he believes Trump wants a smaller government.
Congressman Roe has presented alternatives in the past to the healthcare plan currently in place known as Obamacare. He was asked if he would bring his healthcare plan forward after President Obama leaves office.
“If Hillary Clinton is the president, the answer is no,” he said, adding tht he is concerned over the potential rise in the cost of premiums. “People can’t pay that,” he said.
“If Donald Trump is elected,” Roe said, “I am chomping at the bit to replace it.”
According to Roe, he would like to see a plan in place that would ideally decrease the cost of healthcare.