KINGMAN - Republican Wil Cardon was in town briefly on Friday to discuss his bid for U.S. Senate and a campaign that will focus on a conservative approach to problem solving.
Cardon is hoping to take over for Sen. Jon Kyl, who announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking another term in office. The Mesa businessman will have some stiff competition from a long list of candidates, including U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake and Mohave County businessman Douglas McKee.
Cardon said he threw his hat into the Senate race because of jobs and the fact there are too few of them and it doesn't appear anyone is doing anything to create more of them.
According to his website, Cardon believes in lower taxes, less regulation and free trade. He pledges to work with local law enforcement to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. He is against earmarks and for reducing the size of government. He is also for repealing the new federal health care law.
"We need more businessmen in Washington, D.C. There are too many career politicians who don't have the experience in creating jobs like I do," he said. Cardon has run his family's business, the Cardon Group, for the last 15 years.
The public needs congressmen and senators with good common sense who are willing to fight and have the credibility to get things done.
"I know I'm only going to be one person out of a 100 senators, but I believe I can make a difference," he said. "It's like serving on a big board. You get together with everyone to get their ideas, collect the best ideas, then get your team together and promote those ideas."
When asked about presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, Cardon said he worried the government would turn it into the 17-17-17 plan.
He pointed out that GE, which filed thousands of pages of tax documents in its income tax return, didn't pay anything in taxes.
"We need to do something about our tax code," Cardon said.
The system needs to be reformed like President Regan did in the 1980s. Taxes need to be lowered so people can keep more of their money and invest more into their businesses and create jobs.
The U.S. has one of the highest rates of productivity in the world and is one of the most innovative, he said.
"We need to spur innovation," Cardon said. New innovations will create new businesses and new jobs.
"Government needs to be run like a big business," he said. Besides making cuts in spending and reforming the tax code, reforms and cuts need to be made in various federal departments. Some departments have expanded beyond their mandate.
"In business, you don't create something and expect it to exist forever," Cardon said. "Why should government programs be different?"
He also agreed that reforms need to be made to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
"But you have to go back to the people and ask them, 'What are you willing to sacrifice?'" he said. Cardon said he would have to study the issue more, but he believed that everything should be on the table.
He called the new federal health care law a disaster, but agreed that the system needed to be reformed. Tort reform needs to be implemented to allow doctors to focus on giving their patients the best health care instead of focusing on procedures.
Education is another issue that hits home with Cardon. He is a fifth generation Arizonan. His grandfather grew up in the 1920s and 30s with eight siblings in a tent with a dirt floor. The family pledged that every child would go to college and they did, he said. Some earned bachelor's degrees and others went further and got doctorate degrees.
"People should become as educated as they can,." Cardon said. "Not everyone has to go to college, but I believe that education isn't an expense, it's an investment in someone's future."
Cardon said he is campaigning with a sense of urgency and concern over the future of the United States.
"We're at a tipping point right now," he said. "That's why we need to send businessmen to Washington, D.C., people who don't flip-flop on the issues."