Candidate Spotlight: Todd McKinley for Congress District 1

What initially got you interested in politics? When was this?

Growing up my family would always (essentially say) “vote for the person who’s going to do the best job.” When I was a kid I had an interest in serving others and always wondered how those we elect get to where they are and in 1984, I remember following the Presidential Election. From that point onward I paid attention to some degree or another. Fast forward to serving in the Army when in 2002 I was recruited to serve at the White House. While there, I did advance for the Vice President and during the 2004 Campaign, I met a lot of the Congressional and Senate Candidates and was thinking, some of these people aren’t anything special. It was during this time that I decided to work toward running for elective office and continuing my service to others.

Tell us about your campaign. What office are you a candidate for?

I’m running for the U.S. House in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District, which encompasses the Northeast portion of the state. I’m running a scrappy grassroots campaign at present, with motivated volunteers and interns helping in the effort. I’m very optimistic that we’ll pull this off in   

If elected, what would be the first thing you want to accomplish?

The first thing I would want to do, is institute Term Limits on the U.S. House and Senate, during this time I would fight to root out corruption and lead a charge for ethics and campaign finance reform all while working to get BIG MONEY out of politics. Second, I would want to do as President Eisenhower said in his farewell address and that would be to push back against the “Military Industrial Complex” and only use the Military when/where needed and push back against Military Adventurism and Nation Building coupled with taking care of our Veterans when they leave Military service. Third, would be to tackle a balanced budget amendment which would force Congress to pass an annual balanced budget and would give the President a “line item veto” which would allow whoever is President to reduce ridiculous spending even more. Fourth, I would tackle auditing or completely doing away with the Federal Reserve (which is a private bank) and getting untangled from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. This is just for starters, bottom line, I would want to represent the will of my constituents.   

Which of the former U.S. presidents is your favorite?

William McKinley (for obvious reasons), Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan.

Are you affiliated with a political party? Why or why not?

Republican Party and very friendly/open to the Libertarian Party as I believe in limited/smaller Constitutional government. Also, I want to force the Federal Government to stay within its means and supporting states as they exercise their rights under the 10th amendment on-top of supporting the people’s civil liberties.

What intrigues you about local politics?

The idea that a person if motived can do a lot of good, if they’re unencumbered by special interest money and if they’re willing to sacrifice and place the needs to the people they represent above their own needs, wants and desires. 

If you could change one thing in politics, without any opposition, what would you change?

Root out corruption and the underhanded back-room dealings. Bottom line fire a bunch of Members of Congress!

Where do you stand on a political compass?

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