Welcome Roy Carter

Those of us who have never run for elected office, might never understand exactly what it takes to make the decision to put it all on the line. Roy Carter knows. He's planning to retire Virginia Foxx.

Thank you, Roy.

Here's just a little from his bio:

Roy Carter, the youngest of three children, grew up in rural North Carolina and has lived nearly all of his life in various North Carolina mountain communities. The son of Marion “Bill” Carter, a tobacco farmer, and Jessie Buckner Carter, an assembly-line worker, Roy was raised in a home that valued strength of character above worldly possessions. Poor in almost every other way, Roy Carter had a childhood rich in the traditional Democratic values of hard-work, fellowship, love and prayer. Politics and the Democratic Party have always been integral to Roy’s life. With his father passionate about politics and actively involved with his local Democratic Party, Roy learned early on the importance of participating in our political process and the responsibility that comes with that. It is that same sense of purpose and responsibility that now calls Roy Carter into public life.

I'll open the comments with the questions from the other thread. Remember, we always stay on topic during a candidate's live-blog session.

Thank you for being here to chat with us today, Coach.

Comments

Denno asks about Free Trade

Having moved here from SW Florida about three years ago(as a retiree), we decided to replace much of our furniture. We always knew about the great amount of furniture building in NC, so spent a lot of time around High Point, purchasing the replacement furniture. We bought Thomasville, etc., and when it was all delivered, it was all made in China, or somewhere else! Since then, we have seen that outsourcing of jobs has really taken its toll on the local working population. I haven't figured out why Foxx is still in office, but my question has to do with what your position on these 'free trade' bills that Congress keeps enacting?



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Gordon has a question about Immigration...

Thanks for coming over, candidate Carter, and thanks for stepping into the arena to run against Ms. Foxx.

What is your position on immigration reform? What do you think about the SAVE Act sponsored by Heath Shuler?

I live in Asheville, NC, and I'd like to see Democrats stop running from hardliners on this topic.



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JH has a question about strategies for low oil and gas supplies

I'm disappointed in John Edward's blaming oil companies for oil supply problems (not that they're our friends of course). He wants to begin taking oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. We are also overdue for action on greenhouse gases. What approach would you take as oil and gas supplies become tighter and prices rise? Thanks.



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Welcome to our 1st Live Blog!!!

I am here today for two reasons. First, I believe the good people in the 5th district deserve to be represented by someone who will be accessible, listen to their ideas, hopes and concerns, and then work to reflect their voice in Washington. Second, I value and admire the innovation of the net roots community and its involvement in changing the face of conventional politics.

For me, what it means to be a true representative of the people begins here and grows from here, one conversation at a time. I want to hear from you. What do you care about? What are your concerns? What is your vision for the 5th district, NC, and the nation?

I am already working hard and building my campaign from the grassroots up. We are running a high energy, issue based campaign and with your help we will win. As you know all too well, campaigns are not built nor won on ideas alone. After getting to know me, I hope that you will donate to our campaign through Act Blue.

My campaign begins and ends with you and at every turn I will be soliciting your questions and opinions. I thank Blue NC for this great opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you may have. If you feel motivated to contribute after reading my answers, your support will be much appreciated.

Thank you, Roy

I failed to put your fundraising link up top. I'll add that now. We have a few questions posted above already. More will come in. Answer what you can and feel free to come back and pick up any you aren't able to get to in this first hour. We always check the thread when we see new comments posted.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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To Denno

“Denno”,

Thank you for the question. You are one of many new citizens in our district from Florida and thank you for becoming engaged in the issues that affect our communities every day.

You correctly state that outsourcing our jobs has taken a huge toll on the local working population, especially since my opponent has taken office. Sadly, this outsourcing continues. What is even more outrageous is that my opponent touts how great the economy is, all while about 12,000 or more families in the 5th district are below the poverty rate, and the median family income in the 5th district is almost $3,000 per year less than the national average (according to the U.S. Census).

Meanwhile, my opponent spends our tax dollars in her travels to Taiwan in order to seal the very Free Trade agreements you mention in your question (Article).

It is important for us to recognize that while trade is necessary and inevitable in this modern world, we must have “smarter” trade that puts workers here in the 5th district first. We can do that by providing training for those who lose their jobs (my opponent recently voted against the job re-training bill), working on regional economic development (my opponent voted against funding the Appalachian Regional Commission), and promoting American-made products.

Another angle to this issue that has been in the news recently is consumer product safety. Many of the products that my opponent helps bring into this country aren’t labeled correctly and the standards don’t meet those of products made domestically. Nearly 80 percent of children's toys are made in China, and recently Fisher-Price recalled almost 1 million toys made with high amounts of lead (Toy Industry Association, 2007). In congress I will not be content until every child in the 5th district is safe and every Northwest North Carolina worker has a secure job.

Thanks

Thank you so much for the help and for making sure this runs effectively Betsy

Absolutely my pleasure



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To Gordon

"Submitted by Gordon Smith on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 1:46pm.
Thanks for coming over, candidate Carter, and thanks for stepping into the arena to run against Ms. Foxx.
What is your position on immigration reform? What do you think about the SAVE Act sponsored by Heath Shuler?
I live in Asheville, NC, and I'd like to see Democrats stop running from hardliners on this topic."

Gordon,

Thank you for post. There are many issues that will overlap in our districts because they are so similar.

As a matter of fact, I just got off of the telephone with Heath Shuler a few moments ago discussing some of the key issues facing North Carolina.

Unfortunately, in-between coaching, teaching, and campaigning (I retire after the semester), I have not yet had the time to research the SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification and Enforcement Act) as heavily as I will. From what I understand, the purpose of the bill is to create a system whereby an employer can check the status of employees and potential employees.

We certainly do have an enforcement problem in our country, but we need to stay away from the witch-hunting and discrimination that my opponent seems to promote. She has done nothing productive in the area of immigration reform, and we must move forward together on this issue.

My family is and always has been a farming family. We need solutions that help our farmers and ensure real homeland security.

Mr. Carter, thank you for doing what needs to be done.

In that vain, I would respectfully like to ask you feelings on the US Navy OLF question that is being played out here in our State today. What are your thoughts regarding this issue?

Best regards

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Welcome, Mr. Carter

Virginia Foxx has been a bootlicking rubber stamp for Bush on the war in Iraq, among other things! Do you think if Democrats get a larger majority, is there a chance for more reasonable policies for Iraq?
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

To JH

JH,

There is no easy solution or "quick fix" to this increasing problem. Since the Bush administration took office, we have seen gas prices soar to astronomical rates—with predictions of even higher prices.

Many of my supporters voice their concerns that one element to our invasion of Iraq was oil. If so, we have yet to reap any economic benefit. Rather, our young people continue to be in harms way, and we are still held hostage by the big oil companies. These big oil companies have rising profits, and their contributions to my opponent continue to flood in.

In this new technological age, it is important that we find environmentally friendly alternative energy sources. My opponent did not support tax credits for those entrepreneurs seeking such clean energy sources. Another element that cannot be left out of the equation is to demand an increase in fuel-mileage standards (something that I hope auto manufacturers will do at a much quicker rate)

You are correct in that we cannot place the sole blame on the oil companies—we all have a responsibility to help the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil (a national security issue).

Apparently my opponent and President Bush believe that the solution to this problem is to drill for oil right off of our North Carolina coasts and in our pristine wildlife refuges. I think we can do better.

Welcome to Blue NC Mr. Carter

and thank you for taking time to join us today. I live in Durham, but grew up in WNC and have family there. It is great having a serious challenger to Foxx.

What is your position on climate change? Do you support mandating that electric utilities use a certain percentage of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar? Do you suport raing CAFE mileage standards on new vehicles?

Thanks

Thinking alike today

You answered some of my questions while I was typing.

Could you also talk about healthcare for the uninsured. Many people only have access to the most expensive health care offered in the US - the local emergency room. It's breaking the bank at public hospitals - what can we do?

'Free trade"

Just as a follow-up, I wanted to thank you, Roy, for taking the time to answer my question. As you can tell, I'm dead set against free trade, knowing that the worker requirements would never be enforced. I agree that trade must go on, but we need to get back to a 'fair trade', or maybe like you say, 'smart trade'. Anyway, any change from what is going on will be positive, so you can count on my support. Hope to see you in Mt Airy one of these days.

""Mr. Carter, thank you for

""Mr. Carter, thank you for doing what needs to be done.
Submitted by funluvn on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:17pm.
In that vain, I would respectfully like to ask you feelings on the US Navy OLF question that is being played out here in our State today. What are your thoughts regarding this issue?

Best regards

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!""

"Funluvn",

While the US Navy OLF question does not directly impact the people of my district in Northwest North Carolina, people are concerned about the environment and military preparedness in all areas of North Carolina. My campaign manager is a Naval Officer, it is an issue near and dear to her heart.

To my knowledge the site seems to have more negatives than positives and I hope that the Navy will take the wishes of local citizens and the health of our environment into consideration.

…our Navy sure does a great job.

My son is an Airman on the USS Enterprise

so I would agree that they do a great job!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Good point.

This isn't about the men and women in the Navy. It's about the crummy political leadership that has sent them into war without end.

My question might be a bit difficult

I know the 5th leans conservative. Not only does it make it a challenge to win, but it will be a challenge to represent. How do you think you will handle the challenge of representing evryone in your district, not just those who agree with you politically?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Roy, what is your opinion

of the current Democratic leadership in the House, and do you believe legislation should only be pushed forward if there's a strong veto-proof majority?

To Drama Queen

Welcome, Mr. Carter
Submitted by Drama Queen on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:36pm.
Virginia Foxx has been a bootlicking rubber stamp for Bush on the war in Iraq, among other things! Do you think if Democrats get a larger majority, is there a chance for more reasonable policies for Iraq? "

"Drama Queen"

When the people of the 5th district elect me there will definitely be a strong voice for a reasonable policy in Iraq.

I will not be satisfied until our men and women are out of harms way in this ill-advised and poorly executed (on the Bush administration's end) war.

Sorry to be late to the party.

My question is one you may not want to answer, but I'll ask it anyway.

There must be something people in your district like about Virginia Foxx, but I have a hard time guessing what that is? What do you hear from her supporters? Do they know she's been supporting the destruction of our economy and the most reckless spending spree in history? I thought your district was made of people who like fiscal conservatism.

To Todd

Welcome to Blue NC Mr. Carter
Submitted by Todd on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:27pm.
and thank you for taking time to join us today. I live in Durham, but grew up in WNC and have family there. It is great having a serious challenger to Foxx.
What is your position on climate change? Do you support mandating that electric utilities use a certain percentage of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar? Do you suport raing CAFE mileage standards on new vehicles?
Thanks

Todd,

Global Warming is a very real reality that we need to tackle head on. Being a science teacher for many years I have encouraged my students to educate themselves about the problems we are facing now and in the future. Global Warming will not only effect our young people's ability to live, it will hurt our economy in WNC, which is tied directly to our environment.

I do support increased mileage standards and they should have been implemented a long time ago. We need to find a sensible solution for integrating renewable energies into our everyday lives.

Global Warming

James Rivers

I would ask what kind of car Mr. Carter drives and how long he has driven it for. Does Mr. Carter own any full size SUVs or Pickup Trucks?

James Rivers

To Todd

Thinking alike today
Submitted by Todd on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:33pm.
You answered some of my questions while I was typing.
Could you also talk about healthcare for the uninsured. Many people only have access to the most expensive health care offered in the US - the local emergency room. It's breaking the bank at public hospitals - what can we do?

Todd,

We can elect folks like me who will work on both sides of the isle to make sure that health care reform becomes a reality not just a talking point. I am very passionate about this issue, having challenged my opponent on SCHIP, and shared my own story in the Winston-Salem Journal in dealing with the healthcare system. This will be one of my top priorities in congress.

To Betsy

My question might be a bit difficult
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:39pm.
I know the 5th leans conservative. Not only does it make it a challenge to win, but it will be a challenge to represent. How do you think you will handle the challenge of representing evryone in your district, not just those who agree with you politically?

Betsy,

As I have said from the outset, I want to represent all of the people of the 5th District and vote the conscience of the district. My opponent seems to vote the way that President Bush and her big corporate donors do, I will vote for the people.

My Campaign Slogan: "People Above Politics"—This is not just a slogan, it is what I have lived my life by.

To Scharrison

Roy, what is your opinion
Submitted by scharrison on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:40pm.
of the current Democratic leadership in the House, and do you believe legislation should only be pushed forward if there's a strong veto-proof majority?
"Scharrison",

When elected to congress I will vote to elect a Democratic Speaker of the House. While no two people can agree 100% of the time on every issue, and believe that it is important to work with colleagues on the other side of the isle, I remain steadfast in my convictions as a Democrat. I will stand on my principles as I work to represent all citizens of the 5th district regardless of their political affiliation.

We need to get away from the divisive politics that my opponent continues to push.

What can we do?

Your campaign seems very organized already. What can we do at this stage in the race to help? How can we plug in?

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. RFK

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

close tag

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

To Anglico,

""Sorry to be late to the party.
Submitted by Anglico on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 4:47pm.
My question is one you may not want to answer, but I'll ask it anyway.
There must be something people in your district like about Virginia Foxx, but I have a hard time guessing what that is? What do you hear from her supporters? Do they know she's been supporting the destruction of our economy and the most reckless spending spree in history? I thought your district was made of people who like fiscal conservatism.

Anglico,

My opponent cannot carry her "home" county (Watauga) because they know her better than anyone. My job is simply to introduce her to everyone else in the 5th district. My views stand in complete contrast to my opponent and her callous voting record.

I will stand firmly on the Democratic principle of fiscal responsibility. I think that citizens in both parties throughout the 5th district will react negatively to a congressperson who will spend taxpayer dollars on expensive full-color mailings, but not on HeadStart for our own children.

Have a GREAT Evening

Friends,

I am on my way back up the mountain (I have been blogging from Forsyth County) to meet with the Ashe County Democrats!

Thank you so much for the lively questioning.

For more information on my campaign please visit www.RoyCarterforCongress.com.

If you would like to become more involved please share your contact information with us at Email@roycarterforcongress.com

Truly Yours,

Roy J. Carter

Thank you, Roy

I had to head out to help a friend and wasn't able to be here right at 5:00 to close the thread.

Thanks so much.

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I guess my question was a little vague,

and I'm not sure if Roy will be coming back, but what I was driving at is this:

There's been a whole lot of good, needed legislation that's been parked in Committee because it didn't have a "broad" enough appeal to garner the bi-partisan support a veto-proof majority would require. The few that did move forward have been used by the President to accuse Congress of "wasting time" sending him stuff they knew he would veto.

Frankly, this approach to Congressional business is really beginning to piss me off, and I'm afraid it will backfire on Democrats if it continues. It amounts to the President still being able to dictate what legislation is given precedence, which supports the Unitary Executive phenomena that America has resoundingly rejected.

Send him the bills that America wants and needs, and let him be the decider then. When he whines about spending money for the things we need after sending half a trillion to Iraq, then we might earn a super-majority.

wow!

I'm reading this at 11:00 pm. Color me (blue) impressed. Looks like my neighbors in the 5th district have a terrific candidate to support. Go Roy!


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