1.) What is the importance of the US Senate to residents of Champaign County?
They need a Senator who will look out for the residence of Champaign County. Senator Durbin has neglected the crumbling infrastructure of Champaign. I will not. That is where one of my district offices will be instead of Chicago.
2.) Why are you qualified to be a US Senator?
One of my opponents is a veteran. One of my opponents is a former physician. One of my opponents is a former office holder. I am all of that and more. I do not need this job but I want to give back and set a foundation of giving through providing citizens the resources they need to succeed.
3.) If elected, what is something you want to accomplish as a US Senator, and how long will it take?
We must continue to support Social Security and Medicare since they are two of the most successful Federal programs ever. I am against raising further taxes to support Social Security and also against decreasing benefits for those who are in the system now. The best solution I believe is to continue to increase the retirement age to 67 or 68 or even 69.
4.) Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter?
I am a physician and believe that my training would help in arguing in favor of Republican plans for healthcare, tort reform and other issues involving health and scientific training.