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  Five Questions: Charles Djou
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Last EditedJason  Apr 19, 2010 04:35pm
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AuthorCharles Djou
MediaNewspaper - Honolulu Advertiser
News DateSunday, April 18, 2010 10:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhy are you running for Congress, and what do you have to offer that sets you apart from the other candidates?

I'm running for the United States Congress because I believe I can make a difference. My record as a state representative and city councilman have been about fiscal responsibility and government accountability. What sets me apart is I believe that it is more important to elect a congressman who will hold down your taxes and let you keep more of your money than elect a congressman who wants to spend all of your money. And I philosophically understand that every single dollar the government spends comes from a taxpayer like you. And that distinguishes me, more than anything else, from my opponents.

What specific experience most prepared you for congressional office?

While I think it has been helpful for me to have been both a state representative as well as a member of the Honolulu City Council, I think what is most compelling for me in my life has been that raising three children here in Hawai'i has been an enormous blessing. I understand how fortunate I and my wife are to raise children here in Hawai'i but we also understand how difficult and challenging it can be to raise a family in the state with the nation's highest cost of living. And when I take positions on public policy, I understand what it means in context for my children. In the U.S. Congress right now, we're running enormous budget deficits. We're spending money like no tomorrow. And worse yet, spending it on programs that don't work, and worse than that, spending money on programs that don't work with no plan to pay it back other than hand the bill to our children. It compels me and prepares me, I think well, to be a representative from the state of Hawai'i.
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