Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before Testerman pulled the plug on her own campaign for the seat on June 13.
Karen Testerman is an advocate for constitutional rights. She founded Cornerstone Policy Research, National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies, Liberty Harbor Academy and other conservative think-tank and research entities. She is also host of the radio show “We Hold These Truths,” in which she discusses federal and state public policies.
She is also gunning for the Senate seat occupied by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) – the same seat former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) has his sights set on. If she is victorious, it would be the first time Testerman has held public office.
“We need people with moral fiber, a strong backbone and the desire to restore the constitutional republic that our finding fathers gave us,” Testerman says, explaining her reasons for entering the midterm race.
If elected, Testerman would make a push to restore the U.S. to a contingent of states that make up the central government – not the other way around – which she asserts is more in line with how the Founders intended the country to operate.
“Right now we seem to be one central government that tells the states what to do,” she says. “We need to allow the states to do the activities that should be left up to the states and those are the things that are taking up 68 percent of our federal budget – education, welfare and pensions all belong at the state level.”
Testerman says education is just one of the many ways the federal government is “failing” the states. She says the nation’s math and science scores compared to the rest of the world are an example of this, and while the scores fall the government continues to spend money on programs that are leading to inadequacies and deficiencies in these key subjects. She says that even the implementation of Common Core by states is unconstitutional because it was ushered in under the “guise that it is an individual state decision.”
“In fact it has nothing to do with elected representatives,” she says. “It has everything to do with an elite group of people who decided that they would sign into this agreement with the federal government.”
Testerman definitely considers Brown, whom she describes as a “Massachusetts liberal,” to be one of those aforementioned “elite.”
She not only accuses Brown of “trying to buy a Senate seat,” but also questions his party affiliation, saying that he is not an “80 percenter” — a nod to Ronald Reagan.
“I don’t know why he is running as a Republican,” Testerman says. “He votes more in line with the Democrats. … I would welcome him to primary with Jeanne Shaheen, which he seems to be doing in the media anyway, rather than trying to confuse our Republican primary.”
The reason the media has already anointed Brown as the GOP challenger, according to Testerman, is because of the money and name recognition he brings with him to the race. She says it wasn’t until President Obama’s policies were rolled out in the state that Shaheen’s seat even seemed winnable.