What is #10Questions
Thanks for joining us today, John! Are you ready to answer #10Questions?
"Me and Sophie are excited to answer #10Questions with @AynRandPaulRyan about the special election for #OH12 at 7PM EDT. Stay tuned and please RT! P.S. website here 👉 https://www.russellforohio.com/ We (me and my adorable dog Sophie) are ready!"
AHHHHH!!! Sophie is the CUTEST!
Q1: We’ll begin with the most important question: what made you decide, in this of all years, to run for office? #10Q #OH12
"I think so too! I have cared about how workers and regular people are treated ever since I grew up in a working class Ohio Valley town that was left behind. More on that here:
Now is the time for bold action and big investments in the country. #OH12"
I love that video.
Q2: Other than a few years in 1930 and 2 years in 1980, #OH12 has been a Republican-held seat since 1920. However, @CookPolitical JUST changed #OH12 from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” Why are you the candidate who can flip this seat? #10Q #OH12
"Thanks! Credit to my friends at Documist! I can win here because I know rural Ohio. It's home. I'm a farmer and small business owner here. I did 11 years of 4-H growing up. The first time I made the paper was when my horse bucked me off and ran through town. The headline? 'Riderless Horse Appears In Town.' Having that experience while also going through Cornell taught me how to navigate all sides. And at the end of the day, we'll win by being right on issues that make work pay: $15 wage, single payer, debt-free college. And I know those issues sell here because I ran on them when I ran for State Rep in 2016 in one of the toughest districts in the state. We outperformed every other Dem on the ticket in rural Ohio in what turned out to be a tough year for Dems. #OH12 #10Q"
Q3: You’ve decided not to take any corporate donations, saying, “I'm running to represent Ohio's 12th district in Congress to stand with everyone who can't afford to buy a politician,” which is probably most of us. Why is this important to you? #10Q #OH12
"It's important to model the politics we want to see and show that we can win the right way. Corporations don't need any help in Congress right now! People do. Not taking corporate money will give me the independence to stand for reform. The economy changed in a big way, and our politics need to change with it. I'm running for a nation jobs program, single payer healthcare, secure retirement, anti-trust enforcement, debt-free public college and trade school, and others. #nocorporatemoney gives me credibility."
❤️Love it! Okay, this one is tough, since so many of us have lost family and friends due to opioid addiction:
Q4: The opioid crisis has hit Ohio particularly hard. What is the first thing you’ll do in Congress to deal with this scourge? #10Q #OH12
"Yeah it is. I know. Three friends I played HS football with lost their lives to opioids. It's part of what drives me to run. First, hold hearings with drug companies to find out how things like this happen: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/1/30/16951316/opioid-epidemic-painkillers-west-virginia-shipments Second, continue making Narcan widely available. Third, invest in long term addiction management. Cover it under insurance, and let the data decide what methods we pursue. Fourth, defend medicaid expansion from attacks. Last, invest in new job development everywhere. #OH12"
Extra points for addressing how you'd bolster the #ACA. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Q5: Gun control is the #1 issue constituents ask us to ask candidates. Tell us a bit about your philosophy on how to balance the #2A while keeping Americans safe from gun violence. #10Q #OH12 #NoRA
"I'm a farmer. I own guns. I also go out in public and have a right to return home safely. Strong gun reform saves lives, and millions of other gun owners like me support it. And I'm proud to have the @MomsDemand recognition. Here's what I'd do: 1. Universal background checks/close the gun show loop hole. 2. Red-flag laws, like supported by @JohnKasich. 3. Assault weapons ban that targets firepower, not just gun style. For millions of assault weapons out there, keep them under lock/key at well-regulated gun range. #OH12"
Speaking of John Kasich...
Q6: Your district is gerrymandered to hell. It’s kind of one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen on a map. What’s the key to making sure that districts are drawn to represent the people? #10Q #OH12
"Holla @OhFairDistricts! Gerrymandering and campaign finance effect every other issue. We need independent districting, to overturn Citizens United, and expand public financing of elections. Also relevant, the snake on the lake affect. 👇 #OH12"
Q7: People seem to be coming around to how the GOP #taxscam will (or more likely, will not) affect their take-home pay. Have people in #OH12 talked to you about whether they’ve seen any positive change? #10Q #OH12
"My thoughts on #taxscam: 👎 Now is the time rebuild America. We can’t cut our way to prosperity. I’d repeal it and invest in debt-free college for #OH12. Plus, the vast majority of the tax scam went to the donor class. Just take @GOP word for it: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/7/16618038/house-republicans-tax-bill-donors-chris-collins "
Q8: People seem to think about climate change as being something that primarily affects the coasts. As a farmer, have you seen an impact on how climate change has affected your community? #10Q #OH12
"You bet. Pest, disease, and rain cycles are erratic. I would push for a price on carbon @citizensclimate directly refunded to every household. That’s originally a Republican idea. Then, we need to aggressively develop green jobs in manufacturing right here in #OH12. I would also push for the oxford comma."
Oxford Comma! Speaking of polarizing issues:
Q9: Our politics are divided in a way that many of us haven’t seen in our lifetimes. What common ground can you walk with people who are ideologically different from you to bring America back together again? #10Q #OH12
"I have lots of family and friends with wildly different opinions than mine. I love them all because we’re all Americans at the end of the day. Everybody counts. I’d address this by promising to hold town halls, open to everyone, in every part of the district. I’ll listen to anyone. #OH12"
Agree!! 😃 All right, last question:
Q10: What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district, and where can people learn more about your campaign and how to support it? #10Q #OH12
"Women’s 👏reproductive 👏rights👏. @CecileRichards Nobody should be making decisions about women and their bodies but women themselves. No matter what you believe, it’s none of the government's business. That said, let’s cover birth control and educate our kids honestly. #OH12
Thank you all so much for watching the next Special Election in #OH12! We’re not taking corporate money or NRA money. That’s why I need your help now. Just days to go. Please share this and donate what you can if you believe! 👇https://secure.actblue.com/donate/russellforohio?refcode=www&amount=12&noskip=true
Thank you, @russellforohio, for taking the time to answer #10Questions for us!
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