Ryan Zinke, a former Montana state senator who announced Monday he is running for Congress, says one of his first orders of business is restore Americans' faith in the federal government.
"As I go around our country and I ask the question, how many people trust the United States government? I get very few if any hands," Zinke told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"As a 23-year veteran – and I was a commander at SEAL Team 6 – I understand and I've seen the consequences of when people don't trust their government. In order to restore faith, we have to re-look and center on the Constitution."
Zinke said having trust in the president also is essential.
"During [the president's] State of the Union address, I want to believe in what he says ... and we have to make sure we hold people accountable and get the truth," he said.
Zinke believes that during the recent budget crisis, lawmakers should have forced the president to propose a budget for five years.
"It's the president's job to provide a budget; the Congress approves it. Mr. President, show me [in] a budget how we're going to get back to fiscal reality and responsibility in five years," he said.
Zinke said he respects Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas who has been under heavy fire from Republicans and Democrats for his crusade to defund Obamacare.
"[He] did exactly what he said and he understands that Obamacare is terrible. The play is what are we going to do about?" he said.
"There's a lot of seniors out there that are going to be really upset when the copays go up because the Medicare isn't going to cover it because there's been changes."
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