Guida, Testerman court local Repulbicans
|Republican U.S. Congressional candidate Bob Guida speaks at the Pemi Valley Baker Republican Forum last week. (Marcia Morris — Staff) (click for larger version)|
July 07, 2010PLYMOUTH— Bob Guida and Karen Testerman were the latest guest candidates to appear at one of the series of "meet the candidates" forums held by the Pemi Baker Valley Republican Committee (PBVRC) at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth last Friday night.
Guida is a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative, running in the September primary against fellow Republican contenders Jennifer Horn and Charlie Bass.
Testerman is a gubernatorial hopeful, running in the September Republican primary against John Stephen, Jack Kimball and Frank Emiro.
On the eve of the July 4 weekend, Testerman took the opportunity to acknowledge the nation's 234th birthday, commenting that America is the "longest ongoing constitutional democracy in the world." She added, however, that when public officials take the oath of office, they swear "to protect and defend the constitution, not the government."
"Our government is in a mess fiscally, economically and morally," said Testerman. "My campaign is about getting the federal bureaucracy out of state government, getting the state government off the back our of businesses, and out of our families and personal lives."
Testerman said that increased taxes, fees and excessive regulation have caused many New Hampshire businesses to close, and not to create jobs. She said that conditions in New Hampshire over the last six years have "overburdened small businesses," causing many to leave the state.
Testerman is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research, a family policy organization she founded in 2000. She says that she is an advocate for "traditional family values and rights." She has lived in New Hampshire since 1993, and currently resides in Franklin.
Guida is well known to local voters, having previously served six years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He served as deputy majority leader of the House and on the Ways and Means, Labor and Rules Committee. He served four years as a select board member in Warren, three as chairman. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Marine Corps veteran. He is currently a commercial airline pilot.
Guida minced no words in describing the policies he would pursue if elected. He said he opposed the healthcare reforms that were recently passed in Congress because they served to "create another class of dependency" rather than a sense of personal responsibility.
"The healthcare bill was a disgrace," said Guida. "Our healthcare system is the best in the world. Healthcare reform was not a strategic priority, but was pushed through Congress in a process that is filled with bribery, compulsion, and backroom deals."
Guida said that he is alarmed by a state budget that increased by 26 percent in the last four years, and he characterized the New Hampshire business climate as "the most hostile" in the United States, ranking 50th in states with the "worst business policy in the country." He said that the years ahead are going to be very painful. "We will have to cut taxes at the federal level, so that people will have more money to control for education, highways and other necessary expenditures," he added.
With regard to energy policy, he said that he favored development of nuclear and natural gas resources. He said that constructing and maintaining storage facilities could bring a lot of jobs to New Hampshire.
Regarding foreign policy, Guida was adamant that the U.S. has the "best armed forces in the world," but he predicted that the country is not going to achieve victory in Afghanistan because the troops have "been sent on the wrong mission."
"Afghanistan is not a centralized government," he said. "It is a country of warlords and tribal cultures. We keep trying to change how the world works. We can't have a foreign policy based upon trying to force countries to come our way. It's not going to work."
Finally, Guida proposes that social security be eliminated completely — not for people who have paid into the system for their entire working lives and have an expectation that it will be there for them in the future, but for future generations. He would end the program at a "date certain" in the future so that "the new generation of Americans will plan for their own retirement and take care of themselves."