A man who has served in the Air Force, worked in the Pentagon, has been involved in the business industry, and currently serves as a college professor – along with being a radio talk show host – is hoping all that experience will translate into a seat the U.S. Senate.
64-year old Sam Clovis, an Iowa Republican candidate for the U-S Senate seat being left vacant by the retirement of Tom Harkin, is a Constitutional conservative and Professor at Morningside College in Sioux City. He’s one of five Republicans who hope to win the June 3rd Primary and square off against Democrat Bruce Braley, a congressman from Waterloo.
In a debate televised this past Thursday, Clovis described himself as the only candidate with national security experience, and he touted his current role as an economics professor. He said in an interview with KJAN News, the recent debate was an eye opener for many people and gave a boost to his campaign.
Clovis has campaigned on three main issues: Tax reform, a balanced budget amendment and the elimination of baseline budgeting. Clovis is a 25-year veteran of the Air Force. His brother is also a veteran. He says he’s upset about a report that described chronic wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital and found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost or forgotten.” He the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) or “Obamacare” is part of the problem.
Clovis said the VA issue hits home for himself and his brother, and he would like to see a “Fundamental reform” of the VA, the current level of service of which he says is “Really a microcosm and a view into the future of what we’re probably going to expect under the Affordable Care Act.” Clovis said the ACA is the hot topic he hears about from Iowans, along with related discussion about how to “Fix this Obamacare thing.”
Clovis says as much as he’d like for Obamacare to be repealed, it likely won’t happen when the next Congress is in session. He says the door remains open however for reform of the current system. He says they should take a concentrated effort at repealing portions of the health care bill, not the whole thing.
With regard to the VA scandal, the VA and independent investigators with the Office of Inspector General are still in the process of uncovering problems at dozens of other VA facilities around the country while some lawmakers are calling for criminal probes. On Friday, Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shenseki resigned from his post. Before the news came out about Shinseki’s resignation, Clovis said he hoped the man wouldn’t quit. He wanted him instead, to “Stay and stew in his own juices.” He says Shenseki is not as closely compelled to respond to congressional criticism by retiring.