A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate says the country needs to return to Constitutional government.
Todd Watson ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014 as an independent. He says he has learned a lot since then, but unfortunately, the Republican establishment has not.
“Our party’s divided between those loyal to the lobbyist angle, the K Street crew, and those who are more loyal towards the liberty or Constitutional view,” Watson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Watson says his views align with the Freedom Caucus, and he supports last year’s tax reforms, but thinks they lack fairness.
“We want the same code applied to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber or an investment banker,” he says. “Overall, it went in the right direction, but if we could’ve taken out [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnel’s and [Senator Deb] Fischer’s special interest loopholes, it would’ve been a much better deal.”
Watson is running against incumbent Senator Deb Fischer and three others in the GOP Primary
He thinks incumbent Fischer is vulnerable, noting is growing support in rural counties.
“She’s violated the Constitution, she didn’t honor her pledges to cut the budget, or cut spending, balance the budget, or repeal Obamacare.”
Watson says Congress is not controling spending and Republicans in Washington share the blame.
Watson says he’s disappointed in Fischer’s performance, and Congress in general, but he is not giving up.
“Frankly, it takes people to change too, because your alternative is, what, you don’t do anything, you keep going in the same direction? Is that the option we want to go? I don’t think so,” he says.
He says Congress needs to take the lead on trade issues and other powers listed in the Constitution, and not give up responsibilities to the executive branch.
“This is why the constitutional failures are killing us” Watson says, “why we have an inept Congress, because they don’t know the jobs we gave them to do.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [1:02]
This is one of a series of reports from Nebraska Radio Network profiling Primary Election candidates for governor and U.S. Senate who do not typically receive wide media or voter attention.