This morning, Mike Gallagher went on the Jerry Bader Show to recap the last nine months of his campaign and to discuss the important issues at stake in tomorrow’s election. Read highlights from the interview below.
On his campaign:
I’ve learned a lot in the last nine months just seeing some of the remarkable businesses we have and the hardworking families we have who get up everyday and go to work. It just blows you away. And as negative as things can get, as negative as the media circus can be sometimes, that bottom up energy, patriotism, and enthusiasm are still so strong.
I wake up everyday excited, and I can think of no higher honor than representing all of the good people of Northeast Wisconsin in Congress. So, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been willing to listen to me over the last nine months, and help me. I’ve learned so much from everyone here.
It would be the literal definition of insanity to say that the solution to the ObamaCare failure is more ObamaCare. It affects us all; it is the ultimate kitchen table issue. There are few things more fundamental to every Wisconsin family than our healthcare, and we’re blessed to have some incredible healthcare providers and doctors in Wisconsin.
As I’ve said before, it the reason Obama came here in 2009, to start his ObamaCare speech and campaign. And with the exception of Benghazi, [ObamaCare] will go down as the biggest lie of the last eight years – the lie “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” Well, people are not only losing their plans, they are losing their coverage. Premiums are going up. Deductibles are ridiculous. It’s not working, and so we’re going to have to come together as grown-ups to figure out how we replace it with something that does work.
On Foreign Policy:
Something else we’ve talked a lot about are the immense foreign policy challenges we face, and not just in the Middle East where we just lost six special operators this weekend in the ongoing fight to retake Mosul. Just go to Europe where Putin… continues to run circles around us. The next President and Congress is going to have to navigate a very difficult confrontation with North Korea, which brings us into a confrontation with China.
Across the board, the system is blinking red and what we’ve seen over the last eight years because we’ve abandoned our leadership, because we’ve abandoned our allies, because we’ve undermined our credible military deterrent, is that we are no longer safe here at home. And that gets to the challenge. The real concern for us, even here in Northeast Wisconsin… is people do not feel safe here at home. And that, as I’ve said before Jerry, is the first and foremost function of the federal government—to provide for the common defense. And we need people who are committed to doing that.
On the Military:
My hero General Jim Mad Dog Mattis got it right when he said “demonstrate to the world that there is no greater friend, no worse enemy, than a U.S. Marine,” and I think that can be applied to the United States of America. Our allies do not trust us, our enemies do not fear us, and they continue to test our limits. I would hope to be a leader on those issues.
Some people pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be here, and I would hope to do everything I can to honor that sacrifice by serving and giving it everything I have in Congress. My hope is that people on both sides of the aisle could coalesce around this idea that we HAVE to find a way to rebuild and modernize the American military in order to confront these challenges we face.
On our Veterans:
We need to find a way to take better care of our veterans. We cannot allow the national disgrace that is 300,000 veterans who will die waiting for care. We need to come together to tackle the urgent challenge of veteran suicide. We have a lot of opportunity on these issues, to get stuff done, and ultimately that’s what the military taught me; to work with a bunch of people to accomplish a difficult mission, under adverse conditions. I hope to take that same urgency to Congress. I’ve said it before; I intend to treat this like a deployment, not like a career.
On Social Security:
We need to stop politicizing Social Security; doing so is the most cynical form of politics. It is a deliberate effort to scare seniors into voting for you. And the tragedy is that that is the reason nothing gets done on this issue. Because people are afraid to have an honest, grown-up conversation about a very real concern.