Senate candidate: 'Most politicians are liars and most politicians are idiots'
KINGMAN - As a radio talk show host in Phoenix, Clair Van Steenwyk has interviewed a lot of politicians and public officials and knows them fairly well.
He is not impressed.
"Most of them, I wouldn't hire to clean my toilets," Van Steenwyk said Monday at the regular meeting of the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman, "both because of their character and their IQ."
Van Steenwyk, who is challenging U.S. Sen. John McCain and others for the Republican primary nomination, told about 50 members of the club to vote for candidates with character rather than those with promises.
Too many politicians say one thing during their campaign and vote the other way when they get to Washington, D.C., and they never tell their constituents why they voted that way, he said.
"I can promise you this much: Whether you like me or not is irrelevant. It's whether you trust me," Van Steenwyk said. "You took an oath to defend the Constitution. I don't trust liars."
Sharply dressed in a white shirt, suspenders and tie, Van Steenwyk raced through a litany of campaign issues during his allotted speaking time, from term limits and immigration reform to problems with education and the Veterans Administration.
It's time to secure U.S. borders and enforce a "real" immigration process that already has laws on the books, he said.
"We are a nation of legal immigrants," Van Steenwyk pointed out. "I support Dwight Eisenhower, who deported illegals in the 1950s. The program was called 'Operation Wetback' ... they deported them."
Van Steenwyk said he would fold the VA into the U.S. Department of Defense and hand out health care cards to veterans that would allow them to go anywhere they want and see anyone they want. He would give students a "free ride" to medical school, and in return they would have to serve seven years with the VA.
It's time to end the federal government's intrusion into state education with programs such as Common Core and personal data collecting, he continued.
Congress needs to protect Second Amendment rights, fix Social Security and repeal Obamacare. And he wants to drop terms of Supreme Court justices to seven years and District Court judges to five years.
All of these issues need to be resolved before the United States can move forward, Van Steenwyk said, and he intends to put the Republic back in the hands of the people.
"Most politicians are liars and most politicians are idiots," he asserted. "When you violate my rights, you violate my trust. If there's one thing on a bill that destroys your rights, they need to vote no.
"Try to understand, this isn't the prom dance. You're not voting for the prom king and queen. You're electing them to Washington, D.C."
Others competing for the GOP nod include Kelli Ward, a physician and former state senator; Alex Meluskey, a printing company owner; and businessman David Pizer.