Monday, September 05, 2005

Tonight’s “Monday night politics on TV”: 8th CD McSweeney

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features 8th Cong. Dist. Republican Primary Candidate David McSweeney [R-Barrington Hills]. The show airs throughout the City of Chicago [in the regular “Public Affairs,” City of Chicago time slot] tonight at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21. McSweeney is currently in a primary contest with at least three other candidates, and that number could increase, shortly
[See here] for information about the 8th CD Republican Primary, the general election, candidate David McSweeney and links to posts with partial transcripts of tonight’s show and a description of the topics covered in tonight’s show. [See here] for David McSweeney’s web site.
An additional partial transcript of tonight’s show [the last two minutes, or so, when the pace quickens a bit] is included, below.
Jeff Berkowitz: Term limits. Way back then [when McSweeney ran in the primary against then Cong. Crane] in ’98, you said you favored 12-year term limits, now you’re saying 6 years? Is that right?

David McSweeney: That’s correct. I have self-limited myself to six years.

Berkowitz: People say you’d be short changing your district by doing that, because to be a chairman, you’ve probably got to be there at least ten years and so you’re not going to get anywhere. We’ll let you answer that in a second. We’re going to continue to speak as the credits roll, but we very much want to thank our guest, David McSweeney, who is running for Congress in the 8th, he’s running in the Republican primary in the 8th congressional district for the opportunity to take on [Cong.] Melissa Bean [D-Barrington].

David McSweeney: That’s correct.

Berkowitz: All right, so on those term limits, do you think you’re shortchanging the district when you do that, when you-

David McSweeney: No, I don’t. I think I’m going to be an independent-

Berkowitz: Six years, you’ll never be a chairman of a committee--

David McSweeney: But, I’ll get a lot done in Congress. That’s more than enough time.

Berkowitz: But, you agree with me-- you agree with me. You can’t have any clout if you’re only there for six years.

David McSweeney: No, I don’t agree with that. I think people-

Berkowitz: You think you can?

David McSweeney: I think people have been there who have made a big difference, and I think I’ll make a big difference by going to Washington.

Jeff Berkowitz: …You are a free trader. Not only do you support CAFTA, you would have supported NAFTA, right?

David McSweeney: That’s correct.

Jeff Berkowitz: [Boys and Girls, don’t try to do this at home--Berkowitz stammers a bit because he stopped to think]. And, you know—uh, uh--As you look at it, one issue is just-- is there too much religion in politics and public policy? Or, do you think religion is a positive force [in politics]-- when you think about it, currently?

David McSweeney: I believe that people should have the ability to reflect their own views and that people who are very interested in public policy should reflect their views.

Jeff Berkowitz: You said you were a strong believer in public education but you also favor school vouchers.

David McSweeney: I do favor school vouchers.

Jeff Berkowitz: Is that consistent?

David McSweeney: It is consistent because we need to have competition in education.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you do favor public education?

David McSweeney: I do.

Jeff Berkowitz: As well as private education?

David McSweeney: Of course.

Jeff Berkowitz: So you think they should be-- The transportation bill. A lot of pork. Would you have supported that?

David McSweeney: I would have, because that’s paid out of the highway trust fund, not like other spending out of general revenue. But, I do think-

Berkowitz: But, you agree that there was a lot of pork.

David McSweeney: I don’t know that there is a lot of pork in that bill. I think there are some areas that they could have been economized on. But, I think that that’s important.

Berkowitz: But, still--

David McSweeney: I think it’s important that we do spend on infrastructure. It’s a public safety issue.

Jeff Berkowitz: Energy bill. You would have supported that?

David McSweeney: Yes, I would have.

Berkowitz: Okay. And do you think there were subsidies inappropriately given to energy companies there that weren’t productive?

David McSweeney: We need to make ourselves energy independent.

Jeff Berkowitz: ANWR. You favor drilling in ANWR?

David McSweeney: I do.

Berkowitz: And, you’d say-

David McSweeney: It is safe [to drill in ANWR].

Jeff Berkowitz: You fit the district better than the current Congresswoman Melissa Bean?

David McSweeney: That’s right, absolutely.

Berkowitz: And, the reason would be? [Show ends]
David McSweeney, recorded on August 21, 2005 and as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, September 5 at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21.
Transcript drafts prepared by Amy Allen, who also does research for “Public Affairs,” and has her own political blog [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at