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Mike McFadden on running against Al Franken and what type of senator he’d be

Courtesy of McFadden for U.S. Senate
"First of all, I believe in, as I mentioned before, an effective but limited government. That is my focus, that’s what I believe it means to be a Republican."

Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by rolf westgard on 07/16/2013 - 05:05 am.

    spending like a “drunken sailor”

    More specifics about which spending he wanted to end would have helped. In fact it was hard to find any specifics here. And our ability to borrow at very low interest in world markets has never been easier despite our would be candidates concerns.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/16/2013 - 07:09 am.

    Perhaps he should have a discussion with some of the students and parents at Christo Rey.

    He might find out that some of the parents and students are illegally in the country. Would he have the courage to boot them out of the school and deport them?

    He might find out that some of the parents and students need food stamps to have enough to eat. Would he have the courage to tell them they aren’t working hard enough and they need to make do with less?

    Perhaps some of the parents and students have unmet medical needs that they struggle with. Would he tell them to have patience while he finds a way for the private sector to do what the wealthy never wanted to do?

    Perhaps he then might sit down with the leadership of the Jesuits and ask them to explain their ideas of social justice as contrasted with that of the Republican party that he wants to represent.

    At the end of that day, maybe he would sit and think that families that have their students in Christo Rey are self-selected and highly motivated by the importance of education and are willing to make the commitments and sacrifices necessary to be at that school.

    Nah, he’s done enough for one day already.

  3. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/16/2013 - 08:01 am.

    Can a “Non-Pure” Republican Survive?

    Mr. McFadden has made some, more than usual, “moderate” Republican comments which are welcome from the typical Republican zealot positions. Moderates have not faired well in the party lately so time will tell if the Republicans are willing to accept moderation. Mr. McFadden recognizes you can’t just be against everything without offering a viable alternative. Should he win we won’t truly know what kind of a Republican he will really be until he checks in his political soul at the front door of the senate. Everyone thinks they are going to Washington to make changes, easier said than done once the party bosses have their way with you. Just maybe Mr. McFadden is some of the change Republican’s talk about. I’m not holding my breath. The Republican’s are not good following positive rhetoric with positive actions.

  4. Submitted by Susan McNerney on 07/16/2013 - 08:37 am.

    In other words, same old same old

    Wants young people to pay through the nose for college. Won’t comment on Food Stamps, because that apparently isn’t important enough to have an opinion on, or perhaps he opposes them. I’ll assume the latter. Makes a false comment on the deficit – it’s gone DOWN since Obama took office. It’s Bush who “Spent like a drunken sailor”. Obama’s drastically reduced government since he took office.

    Claims we need to “repeal obamacare” and provides no solution – don’t hold your breath, he doesn’t have one. More “securing the borders” nonsense (the border has never been more secure than it is today) and makes references to high-end immigrants, but no mention of what to do with the majority who do not have Ph.D.s. Says he’s interested in education, but uses a private religious school, which picks and chooses it’s charity students, as his model. Spews total gibberish on the debt limit, giving him the wiggle room to join the rest of the GOP in holding the country hostage yet again.

    He sounds slick. He sounds well- rehearsed. But he’s yet another paleo-conservative, out of touch with the average person, who will toe the party line on almost anything. This man is light years to the right of GHW Bush, Ronald Reagan, or Richard Nixon; he’s galaxies to the right of Arnie Carlson.

    Yet, he’s the GOP’s best hope, simply because he can get through an interview without making a racist slur. Sad state of affairs in this country.

    • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 07/16/2013 - 11:05 am.

      Same old, same old exactly

      He evades and lacks specifics. He tries to sound like a moderate without having to actually commit to a moderate position. The Republicans seem to think you can just paste a smiley face over there anti-middle class anti-lower class positions and they’ll gain the voters they need. Seems like Mitt was all about the smiley face and that didn’t work too well for them. They are still in denial the same way an alcoholic is that can’t stay away from drink, but for them the addiction is to me-mine-gimme.

    • Submitted by Daniel Ha on 07/17/2013 - 02:41 pm.

      Deficits are not DOWN!

      Yes, I agree that Bush did spend like a drunken sailor, but how can you honestly believe that deficits went DOWN under Obama? Making such statements only discredits your arguments.

      Only the one time 800 billion 2008 bank bailout makes Bush’s ‘drunken sailor’ spending higher than any of Obama’s years. Look at the following facts from the U.S. Treasury government website and you’ll see on average Obama has more than doubled deficit spending:

      Average Bush deficit, not counting overlap years = $530 bil
      Average Obama deficit, not counting overlap year = $1,388 bil

      Average Bush deficit, counting overlap years = $636 bil
      Average Obama deficit, counting overlap year = $1,488 bil

      Obama years:
      Fisc.yr Debt(bil) Deficit(bil)
      3/2013 $16,766 $1,401(annualized)
      9/2012 $16,066 $1,275
      9/2011 $14,790 $1,228
      9/2010 $13,561 $1,651

      Bush/Obama Overlap year:
      Fisc.yr Debt(bil) Deficit(bil)
      9/2009 $11,909 $1,885

      Bush years:
      Fisc.yr Debt(bil) Deficit(bil)
      9/2008 $10,024 $1,017
      9/2007 $9,007 $500
      9/2006 $8,506 $574
      9/2005 $7,932 $553
      9/2004 $7,379 $595
      9/2003 $6,783 $554
      9/2002 $6,228 $420

      Clinton/Bush Overlap year:
      Fisc.yr Debt(bil) Deficit(bil)
      9/2001 $5,807 $133


  5. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/16/2013 - 10:00 am.

    “I would be front and center . . .”

    He might wish to add “role customarily assigned to freshman Senators” to the list of the things he is considering and looking into.

    Apart from that, his interview had more waffles than a breakfast buffet.

  6. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/16/2013 - 10:01 am.

    As a Republican…

    Yes, because EVERYONE else believes in ineffective and unlimited government. This guy has no clue and didn’t appear to be able to actually answer a single question. He promises more of the same… he’s gonna get stomped.

    • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/16/2013 - 12:42 pm.

      Oh, I’m sure he can answer questions and make decisions–it’s just that he has learned to hide his hand….


      But Democrats also say they expect to be able to use McFadden’s business background against him: Lazard Middle Management describes itself as a firm that “provides [mergers and acquisitions] and strategic, restructuring, and public and private capital raising advisory services.”
      In some cases, that involves helping steer clients through bankruptcy proceedings and layoffs — the kind of actions President Barack Obama successfully used as fodder for TV ads against Mitt Romney in 2012.

      Published reports show that in at least three cases, Lazard Middle Management has been hired to advise companies that subsequently cut workers or moved jobs overseas. The firm reportedly worked with the company True Temper Sports as it closed a plant in Mississippi and entered a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. And it played an advisory role for the company L&P Plastics as it was sold to an investment group that subsequently closed two plants in the United States and stepped up production in Mexico
      In a third instance, Lazard Middle Management helped the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. navigate bankruptcy and debt restructuring, in the process shuttering mills in Michigan and Montana.

      Read more:

      (end quote)

  7. Submitted by Pat McGee on 07/16/2013 - 12:02 pm.

    Vague and more vague

    He’s going to get government to do things “better”. He will “measure” education so it is “better”. What is “better”? What are you going to measure and how will that make things “better’? And farmers need “certainty” so he will give them “certainty”. Since he can’t control the weather for farmer’s “certainty”is going to guarantee them an income?

    A middle school student could come up with a “better” platform.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/16/2013 - 01:51 pm.

      Courageous positions!

      I don’t see vague. He is staking out a firm position in opposition to those who want to make things worse.

      The audacity is breathtaking, isn’t it?

  8. Submitted by Alice Gibson on 07/16/2013 - 02:18 pm.

    Oh, for goodness sake!

    It’s another clueless Republican who thinks the way to better education results is to simply *demand* them.

    Yeah, yeah, he’s *on the board* of a private school that cherry-picks ‘disadvantaged’ students and dumps any student who doesn’t measure up back into the lap of the Minneapolis Public Schools. I’m not impressed.

    These private industry barons all come to the table so sure that simply demanding results from subordinates is an effective methodology. In the real world of teaching kids with working parents, alcoholic parents, single parents, attendance problems, discipline problems, nutrition problems, mental health problems, etc., simply *demanding* better results is a pretty unlikely recipe for success, particularly when the schools can’t just drop students at will to pretty up their achievement percentages.

    Incidentally, there is no such US Senate ‘Education Committee’, as Mr McFadden would know if he had a clue what he was talking about. The relevant committee is the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Minnesota already has a Senator on it. His name is Al Franken.

  9. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 07/16/2013 - 03:09 pm.

    He’s Slick, You Have To GIve That!

    It seems to me that if you want to run for U.S. Senate, one might have examined some of the more front and center issues like health care, education, immigration, food stamps, tax policy, and federal spending and reached some conclusions about how you would address them. He might also be waiting for his Republican handlers to tell him what to think.

    However, I suspect that Mr. McFadden knows exactly what he would do and is smart enough to know that if he provides Minnesota voters with any specifics his campaign will be washed up before it really starts. Given that he apparently fully supports the hard right Republican agenda his only hope is too fool the voters by saying nothing except being “open” to this or that, or willing to “review” anything or being opposed to “waste and inefficiency” and supporting the need to “make decisions”.

    I am also curious to know who his “experts” are on education and health care policy. That information would have been useful to ascertain if he listening to anyone other that ALEC and the Koch Brothers.

  10. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 07/16/2013 - 03:45 pm.

    If You Were Silly Enough to Buy a Used Car from This Guy

    You’d be well advised to have your own mechanic check it out completely before signing on the dotted line (although he’d probably try to tell you that the only thing wrong with any car you were interested in was that the hood latch didn’t work, to convince you not to even check that much out),…

    and if you did have them checked out, you’d likely find that there wasn’t a vehicle on his lot that was worth buying, especially at the prices he was charging,…

    and the finance plan he was trying to talk you into would have you paying triple for anything you DID buy, and included a very healthy kickback which went directly into his own pocket.

    Meanwhile, if you raised the subject, he’d complain that taxes and government regulation were killing his business (just before he jumped into his very expensive car and headed for his house on the shore of Lake Minnetonka).

  11. Submitted by mark benny on 07/17/2013 - 01:07 am.

    mike mc really?

    is this the best the republicans can offer? he says nothing about everything. in fact, he neglected to mention that is company, lazard middle management, had been hired to advise companies that ultimately laid off workers and moved jobs overseas. must of slipped his mind. senator al will kick his ass if they ever debate anything substantial. i can hardly wait to hear his plan to make the weather better. he’s got to believe it is the art of the possible, although impure. this is gonna be fun!

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