With a week before the primary election, fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, located in Newton’s outlet mall.
Pompeo talked about such things as the border crisis with children from Central America entering the United States, the attacks on the American consulate in Bengazi, Libya attacks and the difference between himself and Republican challenger Todd Tiahrt.
There were around 15 people in attendance for the address. Pompeo was apologetic about not being able to come to Newton on earlier occassions.
Pompeo said there were 356 pieces of legislation passed by the House that the Senate refused to consider.
“The president rails about a do nothing congress,” Pompeo said. “We’ve been very busy. I think there’s 10 bills the senate has passed that we didn’t take up.”
Regarding the border crisis, Pompeo said, “It is not a compassionate thing to encourage mothers to send their children 1,300 miles to a very uncertain fate in the United States. It’s a conundrum. We’re Americans. We don’t desert 4 and 10-year-old kids.”
Pompeo said he supported providing resources to governors who want to deploy the National Guard to secure the borders.
“It’s the federal government’s task to secure the borders,” he said. “The state should not have to pay for that. We can’t get our president to do it. If the federal government isn’t prepard to do that, the least the government can do is provide money to do that.”
Pompeo criticized Pres. Obama for giving the smallest amount of support to Israel of anypresident since the nation was created in 1948.
“Our president has not supported our ally and the foundation of the Judeo-Christian heritage upon which our country was founded,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo also talked about Obamacare.
“I think it will ultimately go away,” he said.
He talked about a recent visit to Augusta in which a physician told him there was so much paperwork under Obamacare that he now only has time to see 12 patients a day instead of 16.
“That ultimately is the undoing of this thing,” he said. “There is nothing as powerful as a mom who can’t get her little girl or little boy in to see a doctor. That will the thing that will drive the unwinding of this government centered health care system.”
Pompeo is part of a select committe investigating the attacks on Benghazi.
“We have to be pristine in terms of not doing politics,” he said. “To the extent that people think Mike Pompeo is trying to take down some political actor, nobody is going to report it. To the extent we’re doing our work and just getting facts, we’ll convince more people to cover it.”
When an audience member asked about the differences between Pompeo and Tiahrt, Pompeo said he had previously voted for Tiahrt and that he respected how Tiahrt is pro-life and pro-gun.
The major difference between them, he said, is Tiahrt is an “appropriator” who likes to earmark money rather than having the president spend it. Pompeo said there is a “third option” – that the money should not go to Washington and should be kept local.
Pompeo answered a philosophical question from an audience member. He said if our families, schools and church can “reclaim those normative behaviors that our Judeo-Christian nation was founded on, we’ve got a shot. If not, we cannot run enough TV ads to fix it.”