Friday, May 9, 2014
Eddie McCain is running for Congress with the Constitution as his guide.
Running as a Republican against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., in the 2nd Congressional District, McCain visited North Augusta last Monday, making campaign stops and meeting with residents.
He said his platform is fairly simple: He believes in a government that follows the letter of the Constitution.
“The Constitution is the rule book – that’s what we’re supposed to go by,” McCain said. “I’m a strong defender of the Constitution. I’m a retired Army Sergeant First Class, and I took an oath to defend the Constitution, similar to what Congress takes.”
According to McCain, one of the causes of the national debt is unconstitutional legislation.
“If you look at Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, it lists the 18 responsibilities of Congress,” he said. “Anytime Congress votes on legislation outside of that perimeter, it’s not constitutional. They vote on legislation outside of that perimeter and borrow that money to fund the legislation, and here we are in 2014 with $17 trillion in debt.”
Part of McCain’s solution on Congressional reform includes term limits and ending Congressional pensions.
“Career politicians have ruined this country,” he said. “I support term limits and will introduce legislation that will limit the U.S. Senate to two terms, 12 years, and the House of Representatives to three terms, six years. Also, I want to work to end the Congressional pension system. Congress is eligible to earn a retirement check after only serving five years. ... Our military has to serve 20 years before becoming eligible for a pension.”
Along with Congressional reform, McCain wants to work to give small businesses more freedom.
“I spoke with a small-business owner who told me 50 percent of the money he takes in goes to fees, taxes and adherence to regulations,” he said. “Some regulations may be needed, obviously, but our government is putting a stranglehold on small-business people. It’s making it hard for them to turn a profit.”
The Republican primary will take place on June 10.
For more information, visit mccainforcongress.com.
McCain, who ran for the 2nd Congressional District in 2010 as a Libertarian, knows he has an uphill battle running against Wilson, who was re-elected with 96 percent of the vote in 2012.
“I’m out every day; I’m not just a paper candidate,” he said.