Tuesday, May 01, 2007

John Cox: A Conservative Run for President: Cable and Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you would take those 12 million immigrants who are here illegally and do what?
Jeff Berkowitz: and all these other Republican Presidential Primary candidates—So, there is no difference, no daylight there [between you and them on the Bush tax cuts]?

John Cox: For some of them [there isn't]. Although, Mitt Romney criticized the Bush Tax Cuts before he now embraced them [and McCain voted against them, but now says he does not favor their repeal as that would be a tax increase-- and he says he always opposes tax increases].

Jeff Berkowitz: McCain-Feingold, there is a difference between Senator McCain and you there. You wouldn’t have any of that legislation, right?
This Week's suburban edition of "Public Affairs," airing in the Chicago metro suburbs, features John Cox, running for President of the United States in the Republican Primary [See the end of this post for the suburban airing schedule of "Public Affairs."]
John Cox will be the featured guest on the Monday, May 14 , 2007 [8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV]]City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs."
The show with John Cox will also air next Monday night [May 7] at 7:30 pm in Aurora and some surrounding areas on Aurora Community Television, Comcast Cable Ch. 10. The Aurora station reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.
The "Public Affairs," cinema page gives you a choice of more than twenty-five episodes of “Public Affairs," to watch on your computer including this week's suburban show with John Cox and last week's show with State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia [D-Aurora], who is a possible 14th CD candidate . The cinema page also has recent shows with former State GOP Chairman Gary MacDougal and Illinois Chief Operating Officer John Filan as well as interviews, discussions or remarks with or by
U. S. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and many, many more pols on our video podcast page, which can be [watched at PublicAffairsTV.com].
John Cox, 51, a trained lawyer and accountant, has spent most of his adult life creating wealth by running businesses that manage financial assets and real estate. During the first seven years of the 21st Century, Cox has made almost a second career out of running for office, including unsuccessful efforts to obtain the Republican nomination in the 10th CD [2000] and for the U. S. Senate [2002 and 2004].

Bent, but not broken, the undaunted John Cox has elevated his sights and now is running for President in the Republican Primary. Currently, he is spending most of his presidential candidacy time in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, three of the four early primary states.

Of course, nobody, including John Cox, thinks he will be the Republican nominee for President. Life doesn’t work that way. However, Cox is participating in many Lincoln day dinners, where most of the candidates show up to flaunt their stuff for the Republican Party faithful.

Two weeks ago, John was participating in a Lincoln Day dinner Presidential Candidate Forum in Des Moines, Iowa that attracted the top tier of the Republican Presidential Candidates: Mayor Giuliani, Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney. Also there were Kansas Senator Brownback, former Wisconsin Governor Thompson, former Virginia Governor Gilmore and former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee. California Cong. Hunter anticipated showing up, but his planes had mechanical and other difficulties. From Brownback to Hunter, those five make up the second tier, aka candidates who are auditioning for Vice-President or simply raising their political profile.

Colorado Cong. Tancredo [known as the anti-illegal immigration candidate] and John Cox were also in Des Moines. Texas Cong. Paul, said to be the libertarian candidate in the field, apparently took a pass. From Tancredo to Paul, that would be the third tier, candidates who hope to push the others in a certain direction.

Sitting on the sidelines and perhaps getting ready to leap frog into the Top Tier are former Tennessee Senator and Law and Order star Fred Thompson and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. That would appear to be it, in terms of possible Republican Presidential candidates, unless Ronald Reagan can be resurrected by his still admiring fans.

So, there was John Cox at the Lincoln Day dinner in Des Moines, pushing the others, he believes, closer to his consistent conservative message. [See here].

This coming Thursday night John Cox will be excluded from the MSNBC hosted and MSNBC televised Republican Presidential debate, moderated by Hardball’s fairly left of center Chris Matthews. The Democratic Debate was moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams, a centrist or left of center news anchor. That would be NBC’s, if not Roger Ailes’, idea of fair and balanced. The Dems get a center-lefty to moderate. The Republicans get a lefty-lefty. And, people criticize the Fox News Channel as lacking in balance. Compared to what?

In any case, Cox claims he was told by NBC he did not make the 1% polling needed to get into the MSNBC sponsored debate. But, did Hunter, Gilmore, Huckabee and Paul make that polling threshold, just to mention a few. It would be interesting to see NBC/MSNBC do a “prove-up,” on their argument.

Meanwhile, Cox is still tilting at windmills, networks and his ten Republican Presidential candidate opponents. But, Thursday night in Simi Valley, California, John Cox will be doing his tilting from outside the Reagan Library.
John Cox, who like Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, had a father who left him and his mother when John was quite young, is quite different from Barack in that Cox has made his mark in business, not politics and government, and John's recommendations for public policy reflect a greater faith in the free market than the policy prescriptions of Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Obama.

John Cox is running now for President with a conservative, but distinctively different, voice than his ten Republican opponents. Cox discusses and debates with show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz whether he supports more or less of a Global War on Terrorism; more or less defense or offense in that war; more or less aggressive interrogations of accused terrorists, warrantless wiretaps involving certain calls from abroad into the U. S. and vice versa; data mining of calls within the U. S. and tort reform/ class action lawsuits.

Also discussed on the show is how Cox believes he would have better managed the War in Iraq than President Bush, the importance of increasing oil production from their still 2002 levels in Iraq and employment in Iraq, whether taking military action in Iraq in 2003 made sense based on what was known and knowable at the time, whether the war has made the U. S. safer, how to handle Iran and how best to handle illegal immigration and the 12 million illegal immigrants who are in this country. Various social issues are also debated and discussed, including abortion, gay marriage, heterosexual divorce, gun control and family values.
Jeff Berkowitz: …and people are going to say, you don’t really believe you’re going to be President of the United States, or that you will have that [Republican] nomination, but you’re hoping to push these ten Republican candidates I mentioned in [what you would call] a better direction—you’re tilting at that windmill?

John Cox [Republican Primary Presidential Candidate]: Yeah, I am hoping to move the debate beyond just having career politicians in Washington, DC. who don’t take any action and really aren’t conservatives. I don’t view many of those as really the kind of Reagan conservatives that we need to reform this party and I think that’s really important.

Jeff Berkowitz: Reform?

John Cox: Yeah, we need a national Republican Party that gets back to the idea of small government and less spending--

Jeff Berkowitz: Aren’t all of these folks pretty much in favor of the Bush tax cuts? You’re in favor of the Bush tax cuts.

John Cox: Of course.

Jeff Berkowitz: and all these other candidates—So, there is no difference, no daylight there [on the Bush tax cuts between you and the other candidates]?

John Cox: For some of them [that is the case]. Although, Mitt Romney criticized the Bush Tax Cuts before and he now has embraced them [and McCain voted against them, but now says he does not favor their repeal as that would be a tax increase, and McCain says he always opposes tax increases].

Jeff Berkowitz: McCain Feingold, there is a difference between Senator McCain and you there. You wouldn’t have any of that legislation, right?

John Cox: Very clearly. I think there is a difference between me and most of the candidates on immigration reform. Sam Brownback, Huckabee.

Jeff Berkowitz: Between you and Tom Tancredo?

John Cox: No, not between me and Tom Tancredo.

Jeff Berkowitz: You’re with Tom on that?

John Cox: Yeah.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you would take those 12 million immigrants who are here illegally and do what?

John Cox: I would tell them they cannot work in America as long as they are illegal and that U. S. employers who employ people illegally should not be doing that. They [the employers] should go to jail if in fact that employee—

Jeff Berkowitz: You would enforce that?

John Cox: I would enforce the law.

Jeff Berkowitz: Stiffen up the penalties and enforce them?

John Cox: We also need to reform the immigration agencies so that we get more legal immigration in this country. I think that is absolutely essential. I don’t think the Republican Party is against—

Jeff Berkowitz: More border control? Seal the border?

John Cox: More border—seal the borders.

Jeff Berkowitz: North, south, east and west?

John Cox: We’ve got a sieve on our southern border and I think that’s because the Mexican government likes this situation. They are being propped up by the billions that are being transferred back to their country.

Jeff Berkowitz: The Wall St. Journal. Do they disagree with you?. You’re a business guy. They are a business paper.

John Cox: Well, I think they are interested in more legal immigration, just like most Republicans. I think they don’t like the attitude and some of the rhetoric that is being used by some of the people. And, it’s not being used by me.

Jeff Berkowitz: Wouldn’t the Wall St. Journal support comprehensive immigration reform, border control, but an earned path to citizenship [for those immigrants who are here illegally]? Wouldn’t the Wall St. Journal Editorial Board support that?

John Cox: They probably would sign on to that, but it also—

Jeff Berkowitz: And, you don’t. And, that’s the difference.

John Cox: But, more importantly I think they would sign on to the idea that we need to reform immigration in general and make sure that we have a system that is less bureaucratic, that doesn’t take eight to ten years to become a citizen of this country. And, I don’t think that helps our economy. I don’t think that promotes economic growth in the least.
John Cox[R-Chicago], as he is airing this week on Public Affairs in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs [See below for the suburban airing schedule] and as will be airing on Monday, May 14, 2007 [8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21, CANTV] on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs and at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. The show was recorded on April 29, 2007.[You may also go here to watch Cox on PublicAffairsTV.com].
In twenty-five North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the "Public Affairs," show airs every Tuesday night in the regular weekly Public Affairs slot, 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In ten North Shore suburbs, the Public Affairs show airs three times each week in its regular slots at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below. ******************************************************
The suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest John Cox airs Tonight :

at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

and this week on Monday night, Wednesday night and Friday night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com