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Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz has started a series of interviews for his CRTV “The Conservative Conscience” podcast distributed by Westwood One. Up first is Chip Roy, who is running in the GOP primary for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, located in the central part of the state between Austin and San Antonio. Roy’s primary is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
In this wide-ranging interview, Horowitz goes beyond the typical questions about issues to get to the heart of how a conservative can go to Washington and fight for the promises made on the campaign trail. Roy has served as chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Here are five takeaways from the interview:
- Roy says one of the biggest problems in Washington is that lawmakers are suffering from “groupthink.” Roy went on to blast the reliance on polling that drives lawmakers to act, to save one or two seats to save power. Roy added, “They don’t start with principles first, right? It’s always about power first.”
- Roy said, “You have to be honest and truthful to yourself and the people who sent you there. We don’t do that enough, OK. I think we win when we take the truth back to the American people, present that truth plainly. Let them respond. Then we almost always win the issue.”
- Roy on the failure of Washington Republicans to repeal Obamacare after seven years: “The solution is honesty. If you can’t get a deal across the finish line because Susan Collins, or John McCain, or frankly even somebody that parades themselves as more conservative can’t do it or won’t let you get the votes, then take that to the American people, be honest about it.” Roy was referring in part to politicians who claim that Obamacare was essentially repealed with the repeal of the individual mandate.
- When Horowitz asked Roy what things he wants to work on if elected, Roy mentioned spending, health care, and immigration. Roy then added a fourth: “Restraining and pulling back on the out-of-control judiciary. We’ve got to recognize the primacy of Article I. The Founders made Congress the first article and empowered it for a reason. It is the branch closest to the people.” Roy added, “We can restrict what the judiciary does, we just don’t have the willpower to do it.”
- While Roy, like other conservatives, is disheartened by some of the failings of elected Republicans, he reminded Horowitz that there is hope. While among even very conservative members, “none of them are perfect,” the new blood since the Tea Party wave has been able to make some difference. Roy told Horowitz he wants to join them in their fight.
To learn more about Chip Roy, visit his website.
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Author: Rob Eno
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.