NMX: Kyl Still Sees GOP Taking Senate

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 11:45 AM

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl tells Newsmax.TV that while the GOP is likely to take back the upper chamber in November, he cautioned that the election will be close.

“It’s going to be very close and every one of the races is important. So nobody should take these races for granted and think we have it won,” warned Kyl in an exclusive interview on what would have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Arizonan also urged Republicans to look beyond their own states if they want to help take back the Senate from Democratic control in November.

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“I hope that if you’re interested in the Senate races, you could play in states other than your own state by supporting the Senate Campaign Committee,” he said.

In his home state, where immigration is a key issue, Kyl agreed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that the GOP needs to change its tone in order to win the Hispanic vote.

“Governor Bush had the right tone in talking about very difficult issues,” he said. “And we do need as Republicans to be cognizant of the fact that the audience we’re trying to reach here may hear something different than what we’re trying to say. And so tone is important and attitude is important.”

He said that the GOP must acknowledge that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants but that it’s also a nation of laws.

“We need to abide by the laws. So Republicans generally need to focus on getting the laws enforced in the country so that we can be welcoming to all of the immigrants who come here,” he said. “The key is: secure the border, enforce the law, bring everybody here legally so that everybody can participate in our great economy and our great country.”

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Arizona, which will most certainly vote Republican in November, also has a large number of seniors who will be listening intently to the Medicare debate.

He said that Paul Ryan is more than capable of explaining the issue to voters, but that Ryan’s presence on the ticket may not have a specific effect on Mitt Romney’s popularity with seniors in his state.

“I don’t know that it will have a specific impact one way or the other,” he said. “But what it will do, because the Obama people will want to talk about it, is to enable some very good spokesman on the Republican side like Paul Ryan to explain the problem.”

Kyl charged that President Obama himself acknowledged in 2009 that Medicare is going broke.

“We have to fix it. What’s his plan? He has no plan. Let’s put it off until after the election,” according to Kyl. “At least what the Republicans have done is to say ‘let’s be honest about this.’ We won’t do anything for people who are 55 or older — same Medicare program we have. But for the younger Americans, we’re going to need to make some reforms or it’s not going to be there for them.”

With Romney and Obama essentially neck and neck in the polls, Kyl said that Thursday’s planned acceptance speech by Romney will be essential to help voters make up their minds.

“He is in a sense introducing himself for the first time, when people are really paying attention — to both give his own personal narrative and his ideas about what he will do to turn the country around, primarily in the area of the economic recovery,” according to Kyl.

“In that sense, his speech is very important, as is the introduction to the American people of Ann, his wife, and some of the other speeches from some of the younger Republican leaders.”

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Kyl said that he believes the regulatory burden on companies discourages economic growth and prosperity.

“Can you imagine: you’re a plumbing contractor, you’ve got 48 people employed in your firm, and you know that if you hire two more, all of the sudden, several new laws like Obamacare are now applicable to you and you will have to meet all the mandates and all the taxes and the regulations and so on,” he explained. “So why should you hire two more people? It’s going to cost you a lot of money to do that.”

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He said that a Romney administration is not only likely to relieve the regulatory burden, but that it will also open up some of this country’s own resources.

“Governor Romney says we’ve got so many resources in this country that the president has put off limits to exploration that would help American families as well as American businesses if we can get energy production going again,” according to Kyl. “The main thing is get the government out of the way so that people in this country can do what they do best and that is to invent, to produce new things, and sell those things for the benefit of the American people.”


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