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Meet the Candidates: Joe Kyrillos

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos, (R-13th legislative district) representing parts of Monmouth and Middlesex counties, talks about winning the primary to run against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D NJ).

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Comments [82]

Louisajr from Jersey Shore

Senator Joe is from Monmouth County. I live there. I apologize to all the people who had to listen to his BS.

Jul. 11 2012 09:03 PM
fred amarin from riverdale ny

what a waste of air time.

Jul. 11 2012 07:57 PM
Gun For Hire

Come on the show, Joe. Let 1 million law abiding NJ gun owners/voters where you stand on the 2A.

Jul. 11 2012 02:42 PM

Kyrillos says "we (Republicans) just want the 'America' back that we grew up in."

Hasn't a lot changed in this country since 1960 when Kyrillos was born? No longer is the white male in majority, then existed a much more equitable economic system, how many women were in congress during the sixties? did anyone dream there would ever be a black president?

CEO Dimond made $32+ million last year, and recently apologized for messing up and losing million of dollars for investors, but still has his job. ?? Hello - anyone at home? (as Laurie Anderson would say) Who else could have created this 'mistake" and not been booted directly out of their job in the 60s/70s?

You 'listen' (you use that word too often as some people use 'hmm' or 'like')Kyrillos (along with your cronies) think about updating your cultural awareness. This country has moved on. the white men like you are in a panic because they're losing the strangle hold on this country, & are now becoming a declining minority. Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, lobbyists, Boehner, etc - their goal is to own this country, buy it, retrieve the sweet little 'old white boys' oligarchy and have a tea party so to speak.

If one can twist our constitution to mean 'corporations are people,' it's a mere step to spin comforting words with undercurrents of pending doom to cloud the air while they manage getting it done for themselves.

By the way will someone (Luke Russert would be an excellent inquisitor) please ask Romney how many jobs did he create with all the millions (billions) of dollars he has amassed just in the past 20 years, (a manageable time to go back). Please, insist he be specific so we can appreciate his genius in achieving these grand accomplishments while earning such rewards for himself.

Respectfully,
67 year old white female artist living in Jensen Beach, Florida

Jul. 11 2012 12:38 PM
FLORHAM PARKER from New Jersey

Brian,where were the tough questions? You allowed an interview to turn into a campaign speech. Disappointed with your performance.

Jul. 11 2012 11:56 AM
John In Glen Rock from Glen Rock

Brian, You are better than that. You let this blowhard go unchallenged.
Healthcare. The man wants good healthcare but not Obamacare. So WHAT is his solution.
He says people want fairness. Just not when it comes to rich people paying their fair share.
You gave a minute to talk about why he would win. He was at a loss as to what to say.
He said people do not know Menendez and they do not like him.
Which is it do they no know him or do they not like him.
If I were the candidate I would fire my media trainer.
PLEASE BRIAN NO MORE!

Jul. 11 2012 11:51 AM
GLADYS CARBO FLOWER from Weehawken NJ

Wow ! The GOP must be desperate to select this undereducated and ill informed monosyllabic truth bender to try unseat the well spoken and well informed, respected and well liked sitting Senator Menendez. Kyrillo reminds me of Casey Stengel except he's nowhere as bright. He knows nothing, avoids answering your questions and says "LISTEN" when he stumbles. This interview exposes his many inconsistencies and the importance of mobilizing us all to re-elect Menendez.

Jul. 11 2012 11:49 AM
Tim O'Donnell

Didn't hear a new idea, just complaints and generalities. Liked Clinton better than Bush. Different from most GOPers, admitting it that is.

Jul. 11 2012 11:43 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Jack... the corporate tax may be the highest" in the world but no major corporation pays that rate, as there are so many loopholes. Companies like GE, avoid them altogether, by setting up "corporations" in places like Ireland.

Jul. 11 2012 11:41 AM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights, northern Manhattan

Ok, I am convinced.
Obama and the Democrats stink.

But the theme for this campaign needs to be that the Republicans stink worse.

This guy is right on many of his observation about the escalating cost of health care under ACA, the lack of effective impact from an increase of taxes on the wealth with regard to job creation unless the tax on billionaires is really confiscatory, etc.

But he has not answers: surely he wont' agree to a Medicaid for all health care system, halving of the military budget, using historically low interest rates to borrow to massively invest in weatherproofing, public transportation, subsidies for primary and higher education.

Without this types of programs (and much more), nothing different will occur in our society. Just look at Japan's lost decade.

If the The Brian Lehrer show is to be useful it should serve as more than just an opportunity for candidates to espouse their present unsubstantive viewpoints. It should do more than just inviting spokespeople with different viewpoints in isolated 15 minute segments. These do not offer adequate elucidation, and usually just reconfirm the point of view of those who already agree with them.

A real public service would involve pitting ideas and spokespeople against one another in 30-40 minute segments which would allow sufficient time for issues to be explored, and assertions to be rebutted, with Brian the knowledgeable moderator probing for a deeper analysis.

Otherwise little is being offered listeners, eager to know how to think about the monumental issues of our society, who are tired of the same old same old by Democrats Republicans, and so called Independents (who usually are just an amalgam of the D's & R's)

Jul. 11 2012 11:40 AM
Pordy from Madison, NJ

Even in wealthy suburbs of NJ $250k/ year provides a very comfortable life and can afford a tax hike (my family of 4 manages with $100k less).

Jul. 11 2012 11:40 AM
CH White Plains from White Plains

This senate candidate's hollow rhetoric about the demise of American manufacturing and the economy is obnoxious. The export of American jobs and economic strategy that has raged through corporations was fed by the very politicians who now say that it is killing us. It is amazing that the ones who make these claims are not challenged at all about the origins as if it just started in Jan. 2009. Voters and citizens need to come to our senses about the very "leaders" who were behind it are not likely to correct it for our greater good. One more indication of who is really running this country's outcomes, 99% or a few.

Jul. 11 2012 11:38 AM
Kayla from NYC

wow... after all the republican distractions from taking away women's reproductive rights, accusing the president of not being American to opposing all things Obama even when actions are right for Americans, then turn around to say democrats are distracting the American people from real issues by wanting to know more about Mitt Romney's record??? I think if Mitty here is really hiding money to avoid taxes, he should not represent the American people at all. He should be prosecuted. This Kyrillos totally trying to pull a fast one on WNYC listeners.

Jul. 11 2012 11:37 AM
Jon Pope from Ridge, NY

I could live like a king in NY or NJ if I made $250,000 a year.... So if I made that amount, why would I need a tax cut? I just don't get it.

Jul. 11 2012 11:35 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Why does the media, Brian included, not challenge these morons when they come on and just bs all over the place????

Jul. 11 2012 11:33 AM

Wow. Mr. Kool-Aid dispenser. He has all the subterfuge arguments lined up in a row. "Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain, folks."

Love the way he turned the "These are not the Republicans of old" on its head to apply to Democrats(!) What a slickster. The lobbying institute has finally discovered the secret: put our PR-spouters in office.

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
Jack from Brooklyn

Can someone set the record straight about corporate taxes? One the one hand you hear conservatives telling us that the US has the highest tax rate, and on the other hand you hear reports about corporations, such as GE, not paying anything. I'm tired of hearing the same statements being made, and with little challenge from show hosts, sorry to say.

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM

Mr. Kyrillos:

1. The current crop of Democrats may not be Clinton democrats, but the current crop of Republicans sure aren't Reagan conservatives either.

2. I wouldn't care where Romney put his money if he wasn't running for President. But as a POTUS candidate, Romney has to understand that he is representing our nation - politically and economically. It doesn't look good to the US and the world if he's putting his money in countries other than the one he's desiring to represent.

Also, Romney is supposed to be one of these "job creators". You can't create jobs in the US if you're stockpiling it on the other side of the world in some tax haven.

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
bernard from bronx

This is one of the most embarassing interviews I have heard on NPR in a long time. Brian offers no rebuttal to this man's inane answers and we the listeners are left with the feeling that we've been punked.

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
Lou from stamford

"look at my voting record on the environment, women, and the like" What the hell does that mean?

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
Jay from Woodside, NY

If only I lived in NJ so I could vote against this guy and his circular (il)logic. He started off by saying that he would repeal the new health care reforms, and closed by saying that we need to do something different with our delivery of healthcare, because the current system isn't working. So, what happens after your repeal? Explain your solution, please! And, if you don't want things to change, how can we change them to improve?

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

Really as a small business owner who pays ridiculously high health insurance rates and more in taxes that Romney does,I have to strenuously object to the tired old rhetoric that led this country down the path of steadily declining middle class. I pay for the subsidies that big corporations get from the health insurance industry AND the subsidies that the government pays for people to use far more costly hospital emergency room services than preventive care. Since I pay MORE in taxes than just about everyone, I want my tax dollars going into preventive care and into tax breaks for those who already have more tax breaks than anyone else. The tax breaks have not resulted in more jobs, they have resulted in slashes first in private sector employees and now in public sector employees. Sigh. I am glad I am not in New Jersey.

Jul. 11 2012 11:31 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

What the Congress is doing right now is taking no action on the President's job bill even though much of it originated from the Republican side of the aisle. They can have 31 votes to repeal Obamacare but only one job-related bill passed the House in this session. Is this what John Boehner meant when he said "The American people have spoken loud and clear...?" The candidate knows all of this but would rather repeat the talking points and blow the dog-whistle. He is not part of the solution.

Jul. 11 2012 11:30 AM
talia from brooklyn, NY

If it wasn't so depressing it would be amusing to hear a man talk about democrats using buzz words when he hasn't said a single thing that wasn't chock full of republican/fox news talking points.
If he had any facts to back himself up this would be a whole different convarsation.
The tax cuts for people making over $250K have not created jobs... how can he point to this existing fiasco of a tax law that hasn't worked and claim it will work going forward.
I live in NYC, make about $80K and live WELL - using a large percentage of my income which goes directly back into the economy (after some savings)... and I have a small business and have just hired someone for the first time. don't tell me you aren't doing well if you don't make millions of dollars. don't tell me the middle class aren't the people who actually stimulate the economy.

Jul. 11 2012 11:30 AM
joe from nearby

He claims to be "well liked" by Dems & women??! Huh?!
Only the ones who know nothing about him. Just today Ed Rollins said the GOP is too "old white and fat."

Btw, why does he keep searching so carefully for words to answer Brian's questions. Sounds very shifty.

Jul. 11 2012 11:30 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Big waste of air time, with the same old talking points over and over, nothing new...same old repiglican garbage

Jul. 11 2012 11:29 AM

Wow, a liberal Republican! He's willing to throw the hedge fund managers under the tax bus! What a guy.

Jul. 11 2012 11:29 AM
anon from NJ

He's disingenuous.

People who pay the low tax rate are not investing money that was already taxed at another rate. Their income is almost entirely taken under this low rate, often through an LCC, i.e., tax pass-thru

Business hire (and fire) according to needs that ultimately originate in sales. Stimulus builds sales, austerity destroys sales. Its that simple.

Basically he is either a liar or misinformed.

Jul. 11 2012 11:29 AM
anna from new york

"Find me ONE fireman & teacher family with an income over $250,000!"
Yes, this ... (I want this comment to be posted) is a chief manipulator.

Jul. 11 2012 11:28 AM

It is true that capital gains rates are very low in most industrialized countries, and even 0% in some countries, in order to attract capital. In the US the capital gains tax is 15%. So people with capital to invest have a very definite advantage over working people who cannot sell their labor overseas. That's why the rich get richer while the working class remains stuck and even sinking in quicksand. The only real answer would be "open borders" where workers could go anywhere in the world to find work at the highest wages offered, but that will not happen because of ethnic and other problems that come with mass migration movements.

Jul. 11 2012 11:28 AM
Mary from new jersey

Brian, don't let this guy get away will these empty platitudes!!!!

Jul. 11 2012 11:28 AM
Erica from Brooklyn

Good Lord, I can't stand the way politicians speak. As if letting an interviewer interrupt your rant to get a question in is some sign of political weakness. To me it's just further proof of the candidate's interest in their own agendas and a lack of willing to listen to what others have to say. A consistent characteristic of candidates interviewed for this series. Where is the candidate who can listen to a question patiently, critically and thoughtfully as opposed to responding defensively or using it as an opportunity to discredit their opponents and promoting their own platforms/"I'm just a caring citizen like you" persona. It's clear that the goal is to WIN an election as opposed to REPRESENT a constituency.

Jul. 11 2012 11:28 AM
Mark from Qns.

This guy doesn't sound like he's ever had an original thought. Maybe he should do some real work and actually research the positions he supports.

Jul. 11 2012 11:28 AM
Sean from brooklyn

Answer the question, is it wrong to hid money overseas.

Jul. 11 2012 11:27 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Brain - the guy is not running for vice president. Why are you going on about Romney's tax-returns?

Jul. 11 2012 11:27 AM
Steve from New York


If he's really serious about ending all tax deductions, he'd get my vote. Of course, I want to hear him explain that to all the homeowners in Jersey who deduct interest payments and their state and local taxes.

Jul. 11 2012 11:27 AM
station44025 from Brooklyn

This guy is really putting on a clinic about how to talk without saying anything, and how to change the topic rather than answer any questions. The question is whether anyone is buying.

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM
j

nice spin to try to steal your opponents' talking point. it's not the republicans of old either! and to me it's very clear that one side is more responsible than the other for polarizing EVERYTHING.

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

What a smarmy guy! Is there a tea party school where they teach these guys to speak calmly and pretend to be reasonable?

The Know-Nothings are abroad in the land.

Outlawing abortions, outlawing birth control -- these don't create jobs either.

Isn't it funny how the Repubs just LOVE Clinton. Twenty years ago they thought he was the anti-Christ.

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM
anna from new york

Brian, shouldn't you guests be civil?
My delicate and intelligent stomach tells me that this guy is insultingly, abusively demagogic. Who does he think we are? We don't live in New Jersey.

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

@ Sean Pisano

More importantly, why do so many people in the media and the public think it works?????

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM
Vane Lashua from Beacon, NY

Find me ONE fireman & teacher family with an income over $250,000! The idea of NOT letting the "Bush tax cuts" expire on those making more than $250,000 is absurd. Besides, it's a MARGINAL tax rate ... tax on the first quarter million would not be raised anyway.

If the fireman or teacher is making $125,000, pity the municipality. There are *** teachers and firemen who would move to NJ for that kind of job! There are hundreds of municipalities, who, if they're paying that much, would be well advised that their taxpayers will soon be in revolt.

Jul. 11 2012 11:26 AM

I do not understand why Brian has not challenged him on anything that he says.

Jul. 11 2012 11:25 AM
Sebastian Polanco from Newark NJ

Can the U.S. afford affordable universal healthcare and remain strong?
Just look at Germany!! After loosing two big wars and then absorbing East Germany remains the powerhouse in Europe. Or just look north, Canada runs a single payer universal system and Canadians are not dropping dead like flies.
Physicians make too much money and hospital and insurance administrations eat away 25-30% of the money. Should the President belong to a different racial group, the investment and overall job situation would be different. There is an sabotage campaign fueled by racial animosity. Just keep your cash under the mattress until the White House turns "white" again...

Jul. 11 2012 11:25 AM

How much more air time is given to these illogical, purposely misinformed and totally without political ability to forge public policy. Just another zealot who does not deserve airtime using buzzwords and canned comments. Spare Us!!

Jul. 11 2012 11:24 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Sooooo...is he kinda sorta saying it's ok if Romney is tax dodging??? LOL

Jul. 11 2012 11:24 AM
Dan from Brooklyn

The $250,000 cutoff is another example of out-of-touch rich people making laws for other rich people.

I have a good job for a big company and don't make anywhere near $250K, and I would not consider myself poor. I don't even know anyone (outside of finance) who makes that kind of money.

Whether it's in NJ or in NY, $250,000 a year is RICH, not middle-class.

Jul. 11 2012 11:24 AM
Carl from NJ from New Jersey

What is wrong with the tax discussion is that the president -- and the rest of us -- are being whimps. If we are in a crisis situation -- as I think everyone believs -- then we should ALL pay more taxes. Obama should just commit right now that ALL the tax rates will expire NO EXCEPTIONS, NO compromises. Everyone will pay more to solve the problem. Then send a bill to increase the tax rates on rich until crisis is over -- surcharge on all income, regardless of source. And the New Jersey leadership should follow the same approach of asking everyone to step up.

Jul. 11 2012 11:24 AM
Jon Pope from Ridge, NY

"job creators" have had a tax cut for almost a decade now and yet they have created no jobs. Please ask why they are going to start creating jobs now if we don't take the tax break away?

Jul. 11 2012 11:24 AM
anna from new york

What a bozo!
So in New Jersey everyone makes over $250 000. I didn't know that it's still a mafia center of the world. Can someone look at this state carefully?

Jul. 11 2012 11:23 AM
Truth and Beauty from Brooklyn

The tax cuts are for individuals, not for businesses, so what makes Mr. Kyrillos think that businesses won't be able to create jobs. The individuals who get the tax cuts are the working people, not the businesses that are, or should be, creating jobs.

I can't stand this ideological wrangling any more. There are facts and there is fiction. Facts get observed and tested. Fiction is invented in the minds of ideologues who don't have facts at hand and who ignore facts when they are presented.

The fact is that this economy is no better because of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, so continuing tax cuts for the wealthy is obviously not the way to go. Period.

Jul. 11 2012 11:22 AM
Dan

What is he talking about-- we've had something like 28 months of steady private sector job growth. Despite all the Republican obstructionism- it's amazing the president has managed to get anything done at all despite them.

Jul. 11 2012 11:22 AM

Just a reminder:
Comments should be civil, brief and on-topic.

Jul. 11 2012 11:21 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Hard cut-offs are a guarantee that politicians have this BS to run on in the future. NJ median income is $70K which is $20K more than the national average. Using a 5X or 10X median income number is a better way to go.

Jul. 11 2012 11:20 AM
Sean Pisano from Brooklyn

Why do all these Republicans still think this trickle down economics works?

Jul. 11 2012 11:20 AM

"We want everyone to be covered" and "I know better ways of doing it"? That is hilarious. Why do all politicians think they have the answers? He just said it, he is okay with not changing the fact that rich people (and corporations) get unneeded tax cuts, but for some reason he does want to change the fact that people who could not afford healthcare before will be able to now. Therefore, in his argument he should be saying that the bracket for the tax cut should be increases.

Jul. 11 2012 11:18 AM
Scotty Watson from Secaucus, NJ

G-d help us if this jack-ass gets in.

Jul. 11 2012 11:18 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Has the Bush tax cuts created jobs? It is a myth that small business will be destroyed by expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

Jul. 11 2012 11:18 AM
Phil from Paark Slope

Can your guest outline any actual solutions to healthcare? Republicans love to point out what they think is wrong with the current law, but don't seem to have any concrete policies proposals of their own other than catchphrases like "private sector" and "tough economic times."

Selling insurance across state lines seems to imply that the federal government would prohibit states from regulating the insurance industry in any way within their own borders, which I have a hard time believing Republicans can actually be serious about.

Jul. 11 2012 11:17 AM

The wealthy are not creating jobs in America anyway, but rather overseas, so bringing up the tax rate of the rich to that which existed in the Clinton era should increase revenues while not reducing jobs.

Jul. 11 2012 11:17 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

Hasn't Joe Kyrillos noticed that the Bush tax cuts have failed to boost the economy?

How &%#$!@!! long do we have to wait for the magic to kick in?

It's time to let ALL of the Bush tax cuts expire - we're drowning in red ink.

Jul. 11 2012 11:16 AM
Vicki Madden from Brooklyn

Please give me one piece of solid data-based research that shows that cutting taxes on the wealthy creates jobs in significant numbers. This is trotted out as if it is gospel. Prove it!

Jul. 11 2012 11:16 AM
Carl from NJ from new jersey

Ask him igf he will pay for healthcare for my son, my daughter ad my son-law, who do NOT have health coverage, even though 2 of them are employed (the other lost his job last month due to another one of those 'out-sourcing'bright ideas).

Jul. 11 2012 11:16 AM
j

what you just said about 'we don't talk about the jobs we lost, the net jobs lost something something something'- that made no sense. are you saying we don't constantly obsess over the minutiae of unemployment numbers?

Jul. 11 2012 11:15 AM
ChrisA from Denville, NJ

Instead of meaningless votes to repeal Obama Care, why doesn't the GOP introduce a bill with balance that fixes the problems they see??

Why is continuing to run up the debt better than a balanced budget with cuts AND revenue?

Jul. 11 2012 11:15 AM
David Bush from Barryville, NY

He sounds just like Romney -salesman - he offers no substance - just judgements

Jul. 11 2012 11:15 AM
joe from nearby

I wish I could see his face as Obamacare gets more & more popular.

Just this morning Flip Flopney was boo'd at the NAACP conventio when he said he'd repeal it.

The GOP is so out of touch.

Jul. 11 2012 11:14 AM
Helen from manhattan

Why rely on the private sector? Isn't it the government's jobs to help make the lives of its citizens better? The private sector is obviously not looking out for public welfare as it is making huge profits and extreme cost to the consumer. The private sector is the problem.

Jul. 11 2012 11:13 AM
Dan from Jersey City, NJ

All of us with health care are already paying for the coverage of those without. It is already a costly program for everyone. We need to make the health care companies compete and become accountable for the prices and policies they set.

Jul. 11 2012 11:13 AM
Sonia Jaffe Robbins from Manhattan

This candidate says we can't afford Obamacare because "we're awash in debt," but that ONLY because the Republicans won't raise taxes on those who can afford to pay more. He also says we should rely on the private sector, but that's exactly what Obamacare does, it relies on private insurance. He says private employers should be responsible for providing health insurance, but he ignores what should happen to people who lose their jobs or are currently unemployed.

He's only mouthing talking points that don't make any sense and aren't in accord with reality.

Jul. 11 2012 11:13 AM
Robert from Manhattan

Brian,

Please don't let him get away with calling the ACA a takeoever. It maintains private insurance through employers. It's a republican idea!

Jul. 11 2012 11:13 AM
rob from forest hills

How can you talk about saving money when you continue to waste tax payers dollars taking a 'symbolic' vote?

Jul. 11 2012 11:12 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Every other industrial nation offers a national health care plan. We don't and financing it privately leaves 15% of the population uncovered and costs are 30-50% above the other nations. That is the cause of 'American uncompetetiveness'. This guy is a big fail.

Jul. 11 2012 11:12 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Oh boy, same old talking points. Nothing new here.

Jul. 11 2012 11:12 AM

Since this county is “going bankrupt” would you vote to stop blue state taxes going to subsidies for red states?
http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfoundation.org/files/UserFiles/Image/Blog/ftsbs-large.jpg

Jul. 11 2012 11:12 AM
john from office

Brian, ask him where was Obama born, as a litmus test???

Jul. 11 2012 11:12 AM
Jim from nj

The candidate can't provide any straight answers. PUNT PUNT PUNT

Jul. 11 2012 11:11 AM
John from NYC

Does this State Senator have an answer for people who are currently employed just to maintain health coverage? Many people are cornered into certain jobs and have no choice because of employer based coverage. With the Affordable Care Act people will have choices for health care coverage.

Jul. 11 2012 11:11 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Apparently your guest is brain dead, and, unfortunately, there is no cure for that.

Please advise him that we have permitted the private sector - i.e., health insurance companies - run our health care system for years and it has not worked, which is why there are so many uninsured individuals. Why are the Republicans/Conservatives so blind to that? If it hasn't worked for the past 40 or 50 years, it's time for a change!

Jul. 11 2012 11:11 AM

Republicans are just upset they did not do anything to Healthcare. Instead of voting against it, Kyrillos should be suggesting to work on making it BETTER!! But of course, he has the mentality of a Governor that would rather travel around the country than do his work in the state and a Presidential candidate that had no idea what it means to not have health care or not have a retirement account close to his. Menendez will win because he is a good example of the American Dream and he cares for his constituents.

Jul. 11 2012 11:10 AM
Jenna from UWS

I understand the side against being forced to buy insurance and agree with it. But at the same time, who exactly is going to "opt out" when you can afford insurance? Surely not rich people.

Can your guest please explain why "pre-existing" conditions were allowed to be denied for the last 12-years? This was Republican oversight.

Jul. 11 2012 11:10 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Please ask the candidate to explain why the GOP use of filibuster in the current congress should NOT be viewed as blocking of the valid principle of majority rule? What changes to the filibuster rules would he support? What is his view on public campaign financing? I am a New Jerseyan. His answers will affect my vote.

Jul. 11 2012 11:06 AM

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