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Steinberg: Part of the confrontation now within the party is among people who don’t believe conservatism is viable nationally, who believe moderation is acceptable as strategy. Do you believe consistent conservatism is the best strategy, or do you consider “pulling your punches” a reasonable way to lead?

Roche: David, I am an unabashed conservative.

I believe moderate Republicanism is where $18T in debt lives. $1.3T in annual trade deficit lives. A decaying economy, a labor participation rate at its lowest since the 1970s. I believe moderate Republicans and Democrats are the cause of America’s problems, the cause of the bad policy we’ve had over the past 45 years.

So I deliberately and unabashedly will continue to talk as a true conservative focused on the correct principles to guide America to greater strength and prosperity.

I’m not interested in battling with moderates. They’re wrong. We want to convince them to come back to the right.

Steinberg: What I was looking to address indirectly there — Ellmers won her seat in the 2010 election pitching herself as a Tea Party conservative. I’m looking to see if you can give voters a means to differentiate your behavior now from hers prior to her getting elected.

Roche: Sure, that’s a fair line of questioning. I get that quite a bit. Unfortunately, I can’t prove the end result until I get a chance to demonstrate that. You’re right, Renee talked the talk of a Tea Party conservative in 2010, and even in 2012. Of course, you have to look back — the district was never expected to be won by Renee. She was thought of as a placeholder, not really the perfect candidate, or the perfectly qualified candidate. So she talked the way she needed to talk.

I will talk the way I have been, as a conservative, and I will govern in Washington, D.C. as the same. Now there’s a whole bunch of skepticism around that conversation, because we’ve seen repeatedly over the years, people do this. Renee is just the most recent example.

So I encourage people to pay close attention, and kick my butt out of there if I do the same thing.

But no, my background, my experience, my rhetoric, the way I write, or talk in my videos, there is a clear distinction between my rhetoric and Renee’s, and the distinction is that my positions reflect my knowledge and my experience.

Steinberg: Thanks for your time Frank, I look forward to following the rest of your campaign.

Roche: Thanks. Great to speak with you.

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"I believe moderate Republicanism is where $18T in debt lives. $1.3T in annual trade deficit lives. A decaying economy, a labor participation rate at its lowest since the 1970s. I believe moderate Republicans and Democrats are the cause of America’s problems, the cause of the bad policy we’ve had over the past 45 years."

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Amen. There are plenty like Roche out there. How many will be willing to endure the media gauntlet for the privilege of diving into the DC snake pit remains to be seen. Americans do have a reputation for producing real leaders out of nowhere when things get really tough.
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Roche is my kind of guy. He is talking about "real comprehensive immigration reform". This means doing away with all the pc bs about family migration multiculturalism and dual citizenships. You want to be an American than be a GD American and learn English and burn your old passport. Also the idea that familiy members are similarly entitled to enter our country is wrong or for that matter that being born here of non-citizens somehow means you are an American. I say not just NO but D NO. The lack of assimilation and the constant devisiveness of these liberals is what has Amercians at each others throats. Roche gets it. Compromising with fools is wrong just for the sake of compromise. Lets make doing the right thing cool for once.
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Check my name and question why I am saying this.

I seriously want this man to win.

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"I believe moderate Republicanism is where $18T in debt lives. $1.3T in annual trade deficit lives. A decaying economy, a labor participation rate at its lowest since the 1970s. I believe moderate Republicans and Democrats are the cause of America’s problems, the cause of the bad policy we’ve had over the past 45 years."

A - FREAKING - MEN!!
38 weeks ago
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I just registered here because I had to say: he is my kind of guy! My 47-yr-old son agrees. I hope his kind is not on the road to extinction. Even if so, at least he is going down fighting. Life can produce some "exactly what I didn't expect" events, and "that which cannot continue must end." I try to be hopeful.
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The Tea Parties (plural) and candidates like Roche are the only future that will move our Republic back to a sustainable future. The establishments of BOTH parties have proven, just look around, that they aren't up to the task. They just want BIGGER government and more 'other people's money' to keep their ponzi schemes alive. We the People have been Super Punked by the progressives in BOTH parties. The enmy within is the most dangerous kind. Our forefathers warned us about the types of men and women we now see in our Fed gov...they are career 'public servants' who are only into self-serving/self-aggrandizing behaviors. They and their cronies are enriching themselves while our Republic fades away...piece by piece. It's sad to see BUT you would have to be BLIND not to see it. jmho
38 weeks ago
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Amen. There are plenty like Roche out there. How many will be willing to endure the media gauntlet for the privilege of diving into the DC snake pit remains to be seen. Americans do have a reputation for producing real leaders out of nowhere when things get really tough.
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Are we there yet?
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