Interview with Bill Johnson
Recently, I asked former Senate Candidate Bill Johnson some questions about his Senate run and where he would go from here. His name has been linked to running for Governor and it appears he has the interest in the job. Here is the interview:
Kentucky Politics: How did you become involved in politics?
Bill Johnson: The continued Constitutional malpractice coming out of Washington compelled me to action. I took an oath to defend the constitution when I joined the Military. It is time for ordinary citizens to step forward and ensure America remains the land of the free.
KP: What were some factors that have influenced your political ideology up to this point?
BJ: I have always been a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. My self-reliance and independence drives my actions and I don’t like Government to stand in my way.
KP: You recently dropped out of the race for the US Senate. You were becoming more popular and gaining name recognition. What was your main reason for bowing out?
BJ: Money, I simply could not raise enough money in time to run the needed mass media advertising. Unfortunately, money drives all aspects of politics including media coverage.
KP: You haven’t yet endorsed a candidate for the Senate race that you were once a part of. Do you plan to?
BJ: No, I intend to stay neutral. I consider both Trey and Rand my friends. I have many supporters from both campaigns and need to remain my own person.
KP: Of the two candidates, do you have a favorite or maybe one whose ideas you agree with more?
BJ: They are very different candidates. I would not have entered the race last summer if I felt either was ideal for the office. I would like to see veterans and business leaders in Washington.
KP: After dropping out, where do you go from here?
BJ: Back to work!
KP: Your name has been linked to running for Governor is 2011. What are your thoughts on this?
BJ: I am considering a run if the ground swell is there. My intentions will become clear by early June at the latest.
KP: If you had been elected to the US Senate, what would have been your goals?
BJ: Continued support for our military. Energy policy based on fossil fuels and nuclear. Reducing the size of government by elimination of Department of Education, EPA, and IRS as a start. Promote and move toward a fair tax to replace the current tax system. Balanced budgets and debt reduction.
KP: What if you were to be elected Governor?
BJ: Improve education, reduce the KY debt, and promote job creation.
KP: Describe the Barack Obama administration in one sentence or less.
BJ: Socialist, blame America first liberals.
KP: Describe the healthcare bill in one sentence or less.
BJ: Unconstitutional medical malpractice.
KP: If you could say anything to every citizen in Kentucky about our future, what would it be?
BJ:Get involved, the time is now to defend our nation from the socialist pit of oppression.
KP: Thank you for your time.
BJ: Thanks Derek.