5 Questions: John Adams

14 May

The latest installment in our 5 Questions series features The Best Pick to Replace Vic, candidate John Adams. To see the rest of our endorsements and 5 Questions responses from other candidates, simply click the appropriate tab above.

1. What was the single biggest driving force behind your decision to enter this race?

I got into this race because I was not satisfied with the answers I was hearing to the biggest problems facing us as Americans and Central Arkansans.  Sustained prosperity will only come from investing in our people with better education, getting our fiscal house in order, and reforming the financial system–but career politicians only promise us quick fixes that will increase the deficit and create few good jobs.  Health care costs are bankrupting families and businesses, and too many working families cannot afford to see a doctor–but Washington insiders spent a year bickering and posturing.   Rather than really facing our dependence on fossil fuels for power, our leaders continue to hand out corporate welfare to energy companies.  We can and must do better.

2. Congressman Vic Snyder — the man you would be replacing if elected to office — cast his vote in favor of federal healthcare reform, which you have consistently supported as well. Why do you think that was the right call for Arkansas? What do you have to say to opponents who have said they would not have cast the same vote?

The Affordable Care Act will make sure hundreds of thousands of people in Central Arkansas won’t be denied care if they have been sick in the past, and can afford to see the doctor when they’re sick now.  Voting for the bill was the right call.  Now the focus has to be on making sure the bill works in a way that keeps costs down, because the promise of the reform cannot be fulfilled if costs continue to rise so much faster than our incomes.  Opponents of the bill in Arkansas have cited the increased Medicaid costs to the state, but federal matching makes these reforms a good deal for the state overall.  Looking at Medicaid budgets makes it even clearer that unless we can rein in health care costs, they will overwhelm the state budget with our without the Affordable Care Act.  One practical step the federal government can take is to require more transparency in the pricing of medical goods and services.

3. Though much attention has been paid to the U.S. Senate race between Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter, many local pundits have commented that this race actually has the most intriguing field of Democratic candidates. Do you agree? What have you learned from your opponents in this process?

I agree.  This primary campaign has been a great chance to highlight the strength and diversity of the Democratic Party here in Arkansas.  With a lot of attention focused on the Senate race, and younger voters using traditional media less and less, we have all adapted in our efforts to reach out to voters.  I have learned a lot about how we can best connect with people by combining traditional and digital communication.  My campaign has worked hard to integrate in-person contact and various new media so they work together, and so that more two-way communication is possible.  Young veterans have direct-messaged me on twitter about problems with the GI Bill, small business owners have found me on Facebook and shared great ideas for tax simplification, and people I meet on the campaign trail email me their follow-up questions.  I’m proud that we have been able to combine traditional and 21st-century campaigning to make “listening to the voters” more than just a slogan.

4. You have touted your commitment to faith, hard work, and personal responsibility, both in your personal life and as a higher calling for our citizens, during this campaign. Some would say that these have not necessarily been Democratic buzz words during recent elections. How have you incorporated these core values around your proposed policies that center on fairness, social justice, and helping out the little guy?

President Clinton said it best:

The main idea here is still the old idea of the American dream … that if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to have a decent life and a chance for your children to have a better one.

Faith, hard work, and personal responsibility have enabled each generation in our country and my family to provide a better life for the next.  Too often recently we have seen these ideas twisted–as though getting sick or having your employer go out of business shows a lack of personal responsibility.  People in Central Arkansas believing in the American dream, working to provide a better life for the next generation, and living up to their own commitments deserve a Washington that works for them.

5. Beyond your family and public service, what things in your life are you most passionate about?

I love the outdoors, reading and talking about history and politics, and watching sports, especially Cardinals baseball and Razorback college football.

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