Reps. Sununu and McIntyre
February 12, 1997
in this forum:
What is your position on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution? What is the status of legislation to help fund higher education? How should Congress address the Medicare issue? Paying for the President's education proposals. REP. MCINTYRE: Why are you a Democrat? REP. SUNUNU: What are the Republicans doing to investigate the taping of Newt Gingrich's phone conversation? REP. SUNUNU: What should be done to address the investment deficit in the United States?
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A question from Robert Ellman of New York, NY:
My question for Congress McIntyre is this: why are you a Democrat and what to you believe to be the differences between the two parties?
Rep. Mike McIntyre responds:
I believe that being kind, fair, and honest is a sign of strength and not of weakness. I am in Washington to represent my constituents-- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents--in their Federal Government. My Christian faith has guided my actions and commitments much more than any single political party. In Southeastern NC, the Democratic Part has traditionally represented the values of the hardworking families and combined common sense with compassion.
Where I come from--rural North Carolina--common sense is a lot more important than party differences. That's why I am here in Washington to do the best job I can, given my conscience and my constituents. That's why I support a balanced budget, but I also support efforts that will protect Social Security, Veteran's benefits, and the environment as well as maintaining our position as the leader of the free world.