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I've made restoring the American dream my life's work.
Because without it I wouldn't be where I am today.
-- is Vernon Parker who happens to be running for congress in Arizona Republicans tapped in for this weekend's GP weekly address because.
They -- as one of the party's most promising candidates but his opponent claims.
Vernon is a fringe Tea Party supporter who wants to get rid of the Department of Education.
In a district full of college students and faculty.
-- Parker joins us now live.
Good thanks for your time today.
Hello thanks for having me this morning -- you know one of the most well viewed -- -- out there against you it does contain a -- where you talk about getting of doing away with an apartment education.
Tell us why and how you respond to -- accusations it would be terrible fit for your district which would include a college students and faculty.
-- -- first of all let me just say this when I ran in the primary I was referred to as a liberal to moderate Republican.
Now that I'm running and the general they're referring to me as a Tea Party Republican not here's.
I was raised by my grandmother she could not read she could not right but she taught me something very powerful that you can be whatever you want to be.
I -- that the school that was depicted in the movie called freedom writers.
Now I love education but the only thing that I have said is this.
Is that we must put the dollars back into the local communities we send millions of dollars.
From the state of Arizona to Washington DC for what.
For programs like no child.
Left behind and we've had millions of children left behind.
So my goal was to say that yes.
We must fortify education but we must do it the Smart way give teachers the ability to teach and give students the right to learn.
And that it's not.
The way you do it is not to send all of our resources from the state of Arizona to Washington DC.
The local people can decide better how to -- those resources.
Part of what -- give you chance to respond to some other criticism.
An ad that comes out from the a campaigning against you in one at a says that you would replace Medicare and leave seniors -- -- -- of insurance companies and also end.
A guaranteed a Social Security payments your response.
I have never said that I have always been very clear to say that we must uphold our commitment to our seniors -- it's my opponent.
Who supports the affordable.
Health care bill that says that it would strip 716.
Billion dollars I have always said that I would never touch.
Social Security ignore what I ever touch.
Medicare so that is a complete falsehood.
A little bit about your.
Background because the GOP is really highlighted -- as we talked about in the intro as somebody who is a picture of the American dream we talked a little bit about your background.
What makes -- the right person -- percent Arizona.
Well first of all I believe strongly strongly that the American dream has to be fortified we must make sure that we bring jobs back to.
America and make sure.
That we address the the pains that -- middle class.
That they are suffering.
The look I was raised by my grandmother and an area that was replete with drugs gangs and violence of -- rapper Snoop -- he lived right around the corner.
But my grandmother she taught -- something powerful and that was if you work hard you can be whatever you want to be and I'll never forget this and it.
When I was going to law school I think you know what I could not afford it in my grandmother at 75 years of age clean -- to help get me there.
And I am so blessed and I want to take that same.
Dream and make sure that future generations have the same access that I had.
And believe me I love this country this country has been great but we have to make sure.
That we protect the future we we cannot have a sixteen bit trillion dollar.
Deficit for the future we cannot have.
But -- greatest tax hike in American history we must work to bring jobs back to America and we have to do it the right way.
But it the most and I'm sorry.
That's -- we got to leave it here we're at a time on Vernon Parker we want to I -- Vernon Parker yes visit the website Vernon Parker dot com and you will see what we stand for and that is restoring the American dream god bless you -- All right thank you --
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