Mark Kennedy on Principles & Values
Former Republican Representative (MN-6, 2001-2007)
KENNEDY: I believe history is going to make that decision. This is a guy whoís human, like all of us. Has made mistakes, weíve all made mistakes.
Q: And yet you supported the president 92% of the time [with your votes], according to Congressional Quarterly. Are you running as a George Bush Republican?
KENNEDY: Iím running as Mark Kennedy. My votes are based on whatís best for Minnesota families.
Q: But 92% of the time, you voted for President Bush.
KENNEDY: I donít where they get those statistics, but they only take one out of 10 votes. But I can tell you there are things I disagree with the president on, whether it be No Child Left Behind that I voted against my first year in Congress, or ANWR. There are things that I agree with him on, that you get prosperity for our kids not by raising taxes but by keeping it low, and that we keep our families safe by being on the offense in the war on terror.
While serving the 6th District in the US House, Mark has shared Minnesotans frustration with the Senate getting bogged down in partisan obstruction and petty politics. Mark seeks to serve Minnesota in the US Senate to replace angry words with bipartisan solutions.
Born in Benson and raised in Murdock and Pequot Lakes, Mark was the first boy in his family to go to college, and never lived in a town of more than 1,000 until then. But because we live in America, Mark married the girl of his dreams (a farmerís daughter he met in 4-H), got an MBA, spent 20 years in business, and was elected to the US Congress. Kennedy can represent the hopes and dreams of Minnesotans, because he has lived them.
Kennedy believes great things can happen if we trust the people and make sure government helps, rather than hinders them as they pursue their dreams. Markís vision is for a Minnesota that is the best place in the world for small businesses to invest and grow, where education prepares all for the careers of the future, where consumer driven health care is affordable and accessible, where children are safe, veterans are honored, conservation is practiced, transportation is efficient and the world is at peace.
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