NEWBERRY — Congressman Mick Mulvaney came to Newberry last Friday as part of a district-wide tour for the Fifth Congressional District, ahead of the November election. During his visit, Mulvaney went to Kiswire and The Grille on Main.
“This has been a great crowd. We expected to spend half an hour to 45 minutes here (The Grille on Main). We have been here an hour and a half. Really been a great group of people, students from Newberry College, some activists (folks active in the Republican Party in Newberry) and some people off the street, a really good cross section of folks,” Mulvaney said.
One thing Mulvaney likes to do is talk to the management of local industry and see if there is anything he can do for them and if they are having any difficulties on the federal level. During his Kiswire visit, Mulvaney said he found a couple of things he could help them with, some of which deals with trade policies.
During his Grille on Main visit, Newberry County residents brought up a range of topics, from the fate of POW (Prisoners of War) and MIAs (Missing in Action) overseas, to Planned Parenthood and the EpiPen.
“That is what makes this job fun. One of the reasons I do not give speeches is I just ask people questions or have them ask me questions. I am much more interested in what they are interested in. It is different for me everyday,” Mulvaney said. “If I give the same speech everyday, it would get kind of boring.”
Something that Mulvaney has heard a lot about is the current healthcare system, and what it is doing to businesses.
“What you are finally seeing is this program cannot be fixed. It is on the verge of breaking. I am actually on Obamacare, and I am now facing the prospect of having only one provider on the exchange. There will be places in this county, this time next year, where citizens are obligated to buy something that is not for sale, and that will be when Obamacare breaks,” Mulvaney said. “I do not think it can be fixed. I think we need to throw it out and start from scratch. We got some different ideas in the parties of what that new system looks like, but I do not think you can fix Obamacare because it is that badly broken.”
A summary of the Republican plan for healthcare can be found at onabetterway.speaker.gov. This is a comprehensive Affordable Care Act replacement plan.
“It accomplishes a lot of things I have been talking about in this county for the last five or six years, which is it allows interstate sales, tort reforms, in terms of malpractice liability reform, deals with allowing you to buy your private insurance with pre-taxed dollars,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney predicts that Donald Trump will do better in South Carolina than Mitt Romney did in 2012. He says this not only based on the polling his office has done, but also on the “temperature.”
“One of the things you do learn, when you spend as much time as I have just talking to people, talk to enough people you get a flavor, you get a feel. It is a gut thing. The gut feeling I have now is Trump is going to do extraordinarily well in South Carolina, better than Romney did. That will be driven in large part to people who are voting this year for the first time in a long time, and fueled in part by folks who voted for Obama who are going to vote for Trump,” Mulvaney said. “I am seeing that everywhere I go. I saw that when I went to see Trump speak in Rock Hill, I saw people I know voted for Obama come out for Trump.”
Mulvaney believes that dynamic exists in other states as well, adding that the people who will come out and vote for Trump, who have not been out before, are the ones who do not get polled.
“My own race numbers look good. I’m very pleased with where things are. I am just pleased with the support we got. I have worked really hard the last five and a half years. I have been to Newberry 20 times in the last couple of years. I do not think my predecessor ever came here that much in 28 years,” Mulvaney said. “I have worked hard to spend as much time in the District as possible. One message I get is that they appreciate I have not gone Washington, and I am still from here. Even if they disagree with me on some things, they still like the fact I represent them as someone from here, and I think that is being reflected in the numbers.”
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