The Race for the Fightin’ Fourth – Part 2
This is the second segment in a series of interviews for known candidates that are entering the 4th District Congressional Race. No portion of this article or the following articles in this series represents an endorsement made by Gary Coats or The Conservativist.
Thursday night we had the privilege to meet with Andrew Smart at a Zaxby’s in Duncan. It was a great hour long meeting to discuss the issues and his eventual plans on entering the race against Bob Inglis in 2010. This interview is not an official announcement, it is scheduled in the weeks to come.
Andrew Smart is the owner of Duke’s Sandwich Company and Duke’ Sandwich Productions. Andrew (30), graduated from Wingate College with a degree in History and played football at Clemson and Wingate. His wife, Julie, is currently working on her Ph.D at Clemson and they are both members of Taylors First Baptist Church.
Andrew said he is considering a run for this office for multiple reasons. He believes that there needs to be a new voice promoting conservativism and it is time for a new generation to lead our nation.
“More people our age should be involved and concerned with our nation.”
We asked Andrew about what he thought the Republican Party needed to do to get back on track. He said first and foremost, Republicans must define what they are going to be. He believe the party sold out to the people and that he was going to stand and lead on his conservative principles.
“Leadership always stands on principle”
When asked what the biggest issues in the primary would be, he stated that there were 4 big issues that came to mind.
The first and foremost would be the economy and economics. He believes that the government needs to take more time and analyze the true problems and address them with a solid plan and not one thrown together for a Sunday morning interview.
“Our economy cannot be fixed over night. You cannot just throw money at problems and think that it is going to solve it.”
He believes that healthcare is the next issue and believes that it may be the next bubble to burst.
“One brush stroke (legislation) will not fix our problems.”
We as American’s should take more interest in preventative medicine. And then he said the magic words, Personal Responsibility and Accontability. At the time of our interview, he was working on a plan for the healthcare industry.
Education is the next issue that needs to be addressed. In his personal opinion, education is a national security matter. Many firms that he has been in discussions with have told them that American’s are not graduating. He is looking at methods to improve education, including school choice. On a side note, Andrew is a member of a charter school board.
Last but not least was the fight for our conservative values. He said the people must continue to fight to preserve there values. He believes that legislation will not be the cause of our loss of values, but activist judges.
We asked his opinion on the role of government in the markets. He stated the one role government should be doing is preventing the monopolization of markets. From his personal experience, he states that the government gets in the way of business. The USDA houses an office in one of his businesses. Mandates are passed down to them regularly and he is not looking forward to the new regulations from the recent peanut butter crisis.
Smart proved to us that he could give Inglis a challenge into the final weeks into the primary. His posture and personality shows a lot of confidence, a strong work ethic, charisma and passion. All of these will be needed to win voters in a long campaign. A historian by education, businessman by trade, Smart will be able to craft solutions to American’s problems and have the knowledge to avoid mistakes of past. We look forward to see how his campaign develops.