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Ama-Gi interviews Josiah Schmidt of JohnsonForAmerica.com

In Abortion,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,LGBT rights,Taxes on May 16, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the great new libertarian blog, Ama-Gi, regarding former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and his 2012 prospects:

Ama-Gi:
Who is Gary Johnson and why do you think he should be our next president?

Josiah Schmidt:
Gary Johnson is the former two term governor of New Mexico, who came
from outside of politics to beat a former Republican governor in the
Republican primaries, and to then unseat an incumbent Democratic
governor by a ten point margin, in a state where Democrats outnumber
Republicans 2 to 1.  Gary Johnson was a governor who vetoed more bills
than all his other contemporary governors combined, who cut taxes 14
times, and who balanced the New Mexico state budget.

We need to send Gary Johnson to the White House because our very
survival as a nation depends upon whether or not the government gets
out of the way and stops suffocating this society and this economy to
death.  We have a mountain of debt, regulations, and malinvestments,
thanks to the federal government, and this lethal cocktail will
devastate America for decades to come.  That is, unless we take our
medicine, stop trying to stimulate and bail our way out of this
recession, and let the free market work.  Gov. Johnson is the only one
who can be trusted to make the right decisions for our future.

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Transcript of Gary Johnson’s appearance on FOX Business Channel’s “Happy Hour”

In Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Federal Reserve,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews on May 16, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

On May 11th, Gary Johnson appeared on the FOX Business Channel’s “Happy Hour” program, where he touched on such subjects as drug law reform, the economy, government spending, the deficit, the Federal Reserve, inflation, immigration, and the 2012 presidential election.

Here’s the transcript.

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Salon.com: Gary Johnson, the most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on May 5, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Salon.com did a piece on Gary Johnson recently called “The most interesting Republican you’ve never heard of,” where they talked about his views on drug law reform, abortion, foreign policy, cultural issues, immigration, his views of Barack Obama and the Tea Party movement, the state of the GOP, the economy, government spending, deficits, taxes, entitlements, his Our America Initiative, his similarities to Ron Paul, and the possibility of a 2012 presidential run.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/05/05/gary_johnson_most_interesting_republican

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Gary Johnson on The Schilling Show WINA 1070 AM

In Abortion,Cultural issues,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Health care,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,Our America,Taxes on May 4, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson went on The Schilling Show on WINA 1070 AM radio to discuss such issues as the economy, government spending, deficits, inflation, taxes, entitlements, health care, immigration, foreign policy, drug law reform, cultural issues, abortion, the 2012 presidential election, and his Our America Initiative.

Part 1: http://youtu.be/IV26jk8LrA8?a
Part 2: http://youtu.be/W750ZQ4j19Q?a
Part 3: http://youtu.be/v_5ulPPKx-M?a

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Gary Johnson on the Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC 93.9 FM

In Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes,Tea Party on April 29, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins WSJ columnist Ralph Gardner Jr., NYC’s new Taxi Commissioner David Yassky, and environmental journalist Andrew Revkin to speak with Brian Lehrer on WNYC 93.9 FM about such issues as immigration, drug law reform, government spending, the economy, the deficit, inflation, entitlements, taxes, foreign policy, his mantle as the “next Ron Paul,” the Tea Party movement, his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election.

http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl042910epod.mp3

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Gary Johnson voices strong concern over Arizona immigration law

In Civil liberties,Drug reform,Gary Johnson,Government spending,Immigration,Press Release,Taxes on April 29, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Press release from Gary Johnson’s Our America Initiative today:

April 29, 2010, New York, NY — Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and Honorary Chairman of the OUR America Initiative, stated today that immigration reform needs to focus on making work visas more accessible and ending crime along our borders.  “I understand the frustration in Arizona. I experienced the same type of concerns in New Mexico when I was Governor, but racial profiling is not the answer,” Governor Johnson stated, in reference to the recently passed Arizona law that authorizes law enforcement to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand proof of legal status. “I vetoed over 750 bills as Governor of New Mexico, and I would absolutely have vetoed this bill if it came across my desk.”

Governor Johnson believes that the increase in crime along the borders is not due to illegal immigration, but to strict drug prohibition laws that provide increased leverage and power to Mexican drug cartels. “The problem is that the federal government is not able to do its job, because the current laws are just not enforceable. I respect Arizona taking action, and I believe strongly in States’ rights. But this law is just not well grounded. We need to implement an immigration policy that allows for better documentation and more easily obtainable permits for temporary guest workers to fill jobs that are available.” Johnson said. “In addition to citizens being stripped of their rights and subjected to unfair searches, this law is ultimately unfair to law enforcement, who will be left to implement a law that although well intended, is misguided in its attempt to reduce border crime, and is bound to have undesirable consequences.”

Governor Johnson has previously called for an end to marijuana prohibition, pointing out that we are not winning the war on drugs, and that billions of dollars are being wasted in fighting the Mexican drug carters along America’s borders. Studies show that prohibition of marijuana costs American taxpayers approximately $42 billion per year in law enforcement costs, as well as lost tax revenues.  In addition, Mexican drug cartels continue to reap huge profits from the prohibition of marijuana – with up to 70% of their total profits based on marijuana sales in the United States.

Governor Johnson is available for interviews, or to contribute content as a subject matter expert on legalization and immigration policy. Please contact Sue Winchester at 801.303.7924 or media@ouramericainitiative.com for further information.

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Gary Johnson on The Fairness Doctrine Radio Show, WDIS AM 1170

In Abortion,Civil liberties,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Entitlements,Federal Reserve,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Inflation,Interviews,Judiciary,Our America,Ron Paul,Taxes on April 27, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson joins The Fairness Doctrine, WDIS AM 1170 to speak about such issues as the economy, government spending, entitlements, the deficit, inflation, the Federal Reserve, taxes, drug law reform, civil liberties, abortion, judicial nominations, foriegn policy, immigration, Ron Paul, his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election.  (Warning: The audio quality on this radio recording is not terrific.)

http://www.archive.org/download/TheFairnessDoctrine-April2010_297/F.d.April27Hour1.mp3

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Kristofer Lorelli, publisher of RightOSphere.com

In 2010 elections,Barack Obama,Drug reform,Economy,Environment,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Judiciary,Taxes,Tea Party,Term Limits on April 26, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #31 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Kristofer Lorelli.  Kristofer is an American former political organizer and fundraiser, residing in suburban Toronto, Ontario. He is a self-described ‘Goldwater Conservative’.  Kristofer is the publisher and business affairs manager of the conservative news and opinion website, RightOSphere.com.  In that capacity, Kristofer has been a courageous and leading voice persuading conservatives to call for an end to the failed drug prohibition.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the best part of being the co-Publisher of Rightosphere?

Kristofer Lorelli: It allows me to interact with and learn from the grassroots, which is significantly more desirable than speaking to political insiders and members of the media.  I view it as a privilege that the Rightosphere platform allows me to communicate with interesting people from across the United States and the world, as they provide me with far superior insight to current affairs compared to what I absorb from mainstream periodicals and the talking heads on cable news. 

On a selfish note, it has allowed me to make better use of my 25+ hours of weekly reading and an opportunity to work closely with my good friend Kavon W. Nikrad and our Editorial staff, who’s coattails I plan on riding for many, many years.

I am very satisfied that finally we all have a fully dedicated networking site for conservatives!

Josiah Schmidt: How did you become a conservative, and what does conservatism mean to you?

Kristofer Lorelli: I was influenced the most by my 94 year old Grandfather, who for as long as I can remember has displayed color photographs of Ronald Reagan at his home in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  I was very lucky that he retired early and spent many summers with us, protecting me from my liberal friends, liberal teachers and the liberal media. 

Most conservatives of my age group (I’m about to turn 33) were heavily influenced by the reform movement in the early 1990′s.  The early success of the Contract with America and the wave of Governors elected to office (Engler, Thompson, Johnson, etc.) created a new generation of conservatives, which sustained the GOP majority for over a decade, until our leadership lost its way.

I am very interested in learning about the next generation, which is one of the reasons why I have your web site and Facebook page bookmarked.  I am fascinated and encouraged with how young libertarian-leaning Republicans are engaged in the political process and leading the path to change in our party and political system.        

As for what conservatism means to me?  I’ll let a former conservative leader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GITwqqE72N8 and a future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs conservative leader speak on my behalf.
 
Josiah Schmidt: Do you think there is a place in the GOP for small-l libertarians?

Kristofer Lorelli: I most certainly do.  I know the term “conservative fusion” is very much overused, but it is the most accurate way to describe the modern conservative movement in America.  When libertarians and social conservatives (and everyone in-between) compromise and unite, the American conservative movement is unstoppable. Unfortunately for the last several years, one wing believed it could go it alone without the other.  I believe this attitude has changed.  

I describe myself as a minarchist, which is about as close as one came come to being a small-l libertarian, while maintaining many modern conservative foreign and economic policy positions, and I can tell you that not unlike the feelings that have been expressed by many of your members, it has been a long and lonely last 10 years in the political wilderness.  Finally, we have been welcomed back (or forced ourselves back) inside the jalopy.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the significance of the burgeoning Tea Party movement, in your view?

Kristofer Lorelli: The Tea Party movement is having little effect on the progressive movement and its leaders, who truly view the Tea Party movement as a fad.  They make this assumption at their own peril. 

The real value of the Tea Party movement, is that it is positively influencing the Republican agenda and its leaders.  To the core, most Republican politicians are not Tea Partiers themselves (yet), but most have been awoken to the power of this grassroots operation.      

I believe we have yet to experience the full impact of the movement. 

Josiah Schmidt: Do you think the tide is finally turning against the Drug Prohibition within the Republican Party?

Kristofer Lorelli: I do in the case of soft drugs.  Our overall approach to the drug war policy of the last 40 years and the failure of our governments and non-profits to focus on prevention.  I recognize that generation ‘Y’ and generation ‘X’ have a significantly different opinion on this matter than their parents’ and grandparents ‘ generation, but I believe the movement from prohibition we are seeing in polling on this issue is coming from young parents.   

President Reagan said; “All great change in America begins at the dinner table”, which is true in this case.  Parents do not want their children to face an uncertain future, because they were convicted of smoking pot or experimenting with ecstasy at a young age.  I do not believe the majority of Republicans are ready to adopt the legalization policies found in The Netherlands, but they are ready to look at alternative solutions to the existing possession laws and how our government allocates resources to the drug consumption and trafficking issues.   

This is one example of where libertarians and social conservatives need to seek compromise and meet in the middle of the issue.  

Josiah Schmidt: What is the most important lesson conservatives ought to take away from George W. Bush’s presidency?

Kristofer Lorelli: It is difficult for me to be critical of President G.W. Bush’s presidency, as he served two full terms, which is usually the high level gauge for a President’s political success.  All I will say is that the American people are desperate for a President that will not walk lock-step with Congress.  President Bush failed to hold the Republican Congress accountable on corruption and spending, which resulted in the Republican defeats of 2006 and 2008, a mistake which is being repeated by President Obama and his Democratic controlled upper and lower Houses. 

I supported President Bush’s decision to increase funding of our military, reforming our immigration laws, cutting taxes and appointing Judges that strictly interpreted our constitution.       

Josiah Schmidt: What do you think will be the biggest issue in the 2012 presidential election?

Kristofer Lorelli: Domestically, I expect unemployment to remain above 6% and underemployment to remain above 10%.  A simple and pragmatic (and easily repeatable) platform that focuses on growing employment through the private sector is what will probably resonate most effectively with voters in 2012. 

In addition, I believe a majority of voters will be frustrated by the size of our federal government and many of the intrusive laws that the liberal administration and Congress are planning on passing in 2010.

Internationally, I believe Iraq could possibly reemerge as a critical issue.  The most under-reported story so far in 2010 are the set-backs that are being experienced in Iraq.  The Bush plan (adopted by Obama) may still yet succeed, but if it does not, similar to the financial meltdown of late 2008, Iraq could be the unexpected issue that turns the tide in the next campaign for President.  Although I believe we have a strategic and moral obligation to stabilize Iraq, I am not sure if the American public will be in support of a troop build-up in 2011/2012, so the prospective candidates better be prepared with well rehearsed talking points and a clear strategy.

Josiah Schmidt: Assuming Governor Gary Johnson is running for President in 2012, what advice would you give him if you could?

Kristofer Lorelli: He should not allow the establishment media to portray him as the ‘pro-drug’ candidate.  Although I believe it can be a winning issue in 2012, it is not one that has been embraced by a Republican leader who had or has White House aspirations (although I know of one that quietly supports Governor Johnson’s platform).  As I believe the Governor will be breaking ground on this policy position, he cannot allow it to be a dominant theme.

It is important that his campaign (and his supporters in the Rightosphere) educate voters on his many successes as Governor of New Mexico.  Governor Johnson’s first term in office was probably the most successful results-oriented term of any United States Governor in the last 25 years.  Many of the common-sense budgetary and legislative initiatives enacted by Governor Johnson are the same solutions that are currently viewed by American voters (citing 2010 polls) as most favored to help our country overcome the existing economic, corruption and bureaucratic challenges.   

The words and phrases that should be plastered on his campaign manager’s wall, are; ‘New Hampshire’, ‘Osama bin Laden’, ‘employment’, ‘clean water’, ‘independent female voters’, ‘Romneycare’, ‘nanny state’, ‘balanced budget’, ‘term limits’, ‘over-taxation’ and ‘small business owners’. 

Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say our readers?
 
Kristofer Lorelli: I would like to thank you for our friendship and for the efforts of your members to change our political system and for being an example on how conservatives must communicate, network and mobilize in the 21st century. 

I would like to encourage each one of them to remain politically active, but to be wary of any politician that has a desire to remain in Washington for longer then two terms.  The political proletariat is infected by swine and our only hope of changing the system is through a grassroots intervention in November of 2010 and November of 2012.  True conservatives do not view the establishment as an abode to life, but instead as an institution to constantly question.  Your members have chosen wisely, as Governor Johnson is one of our conservative leaders that is looking to vicissitate the establishment, not exist within in.    

The Republican hierarchy is losing it’s stranglehold on the party to the grassroots, which is led by libertarians, conservative independents and right of center reformers who are not connected to the establishment. Although it is a diverse group, this conservative reformers coalition must not let up until it has won this battle.  Even though lobbyists, career pols and the power-addicted insiders are trying to discourage these efforts, discredit its leaders and infiltrate its trickle up infrastructure, we must recognized that this is a historic opportunity to regain control over the conservative movement and the Republican party.

Fight on within the movement and the party, my brothers and sisters.

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Gary Johnson on the Jason Lewis Show, KTLK-FM

In Abortion,Barack Obama,Deficit,Drug reform,Economy,Foreign policy,Gary Johnson,Gary Johnson 2012,GOP,Government spending,Immigration,Interviews,Our America,Ron Paul,Tea Party on April 24, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Gary Johnson speaks out on KTLK FM’s Jason Lewis Show, on such issues as foreign policy, drug policy reform, the economy, government spending, the deficit, immigration, abortion, Barack Obama, the state of the GOP, the Tea Party movement, his gubernatorial experience, his Our America Initiative, and the 2012 presidential election. (Gary Johnson comes on at the 19 minute mark.)

http://podcast.com/episode/54892381/203109/?cp=1125

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Important Voices: JohnsonForAmerica.com interviews Jake Towne, candidate for US Congress, Pennsylvania-15

In 2010 elections,Economy,Education,Foreign policy,Government spending,Health care,Immigration,Important Voices,Interviews on April 15, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

This is interview #28 in JohnsonForAmerica.com’s “Important Voices” series, where we talk with key figures, such as elected officials, candidates, authors, commentators, and policy experts, about the issues of the day.  A new interview is released every Monday and every Thursday, so check back often!

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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Jake Towne.  Jake has traveled the world extensively, and has developed an intense love for individual liberty.  His experiences have led him to declare his candidacy for US Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district.

Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?

Jake Towne: Well, I must say I would not have entered politics without my perspective being widened greatly by my time spent overseas in China which drastically altered my view of American foreign policy.  After studying economics, the realization that the country is headed for a currency crisis created by the federal government compelled me to return home and campaign peacefully against the Republocrat career politicians that are ruining our great country. 
More info is here: http://towneforcongress.com/jakes-bio/motivation
 
Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Pennsylvanians?

Jake Towne: Many of those I speak with are most concerned about the endless reckless spending, corporatism and bailouts by Congress, the lack of jobs, and a severe lack of accountability by those in power who should instead be public servants.
My solutions are outlined here:
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/bailouts-and-corporatism
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/jobs
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/our-open-office-plank

Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?

Jake Towne: Perhaps the most important idea I offer is a novel-yet-simple idea called “Our Open Office.”  I offer a chance for each individual to have a public voice in the government, to debate, comment, and criticize on every House floor bill.  They can submit new bills, summon me to an “On-Demand” town hall, and read my monthly reports where I will be accountable to them and inform them not only HOW I voted but more importantly WHY I voted.
This idea is described here:
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/our-open-office-plank
Besides this, I am offering what is most sorely needed in Congress – an independent voice that is not subject to the whims and commands of the Republocrat parties and their special interests.  I am a true independent with no party, and do not accept corporate PAC or lobbyist money.

Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?

Jake Towne: I was fairly apathetic towards politics until I discovered what life is like WITHOUT liberty.  Living in communist China where the liberty to speak and think freely, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms are all infringed or nonexistent really places what the special situation we have here in America in stark contrast.  Similar to the desperation of an ill person for their health, and the complacency to take one’s health for granted when healthy, often our liberties are taken for granted when instead they need to be cherished and fought for.

Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?

Jake Towne: I suppose it would be a tie between repealing the $1 trillion healthcare tax, removing all funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and submitting a bill to repeal the burdensome and unnecessary federal income tax.

http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/health-care
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/afghanistan-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/iraq-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/income-tax

Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?

Jake Towne: The top area to cut is military expenditures, without a doubt.  We spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined while neglecting our own borders.  This has the highest impact to relieving a lot of the economic turmoil America now faces.  Military cuts would precede the slashing of unnecessary and redundant federal departments, like the $100 billion Department of Education, especially as we already have 50 state departments.

http://towneforcongress.com/economy/guns-or-health-care-1

Josiah Schmidt: What will you do on the issue of health care?

Jake Towne: The solutions to the healthcare situation are to remove state mandates that dictate 15-40% of premiums in Pennsylvania, destroy insurance portability barriers over state lines, pursue tort reform on the state level, enact federal tax relief legislation, remove state restrictions on licensing and seats in the medical school system, and provide a sound currency to stop price inflation.  Congress, via the HMO Act of 1973 and other acts, has created a government-sponsored insurance cartel that does not serve consumers best. 

Note that all these solutions call for LESS government intervention, not more.  Our health care is simply too important to be left to bureaucrats in Washington, plus it is unconstitutional.  Beyond establishing a framework of laws and acts for a competitive free market, running health care is simply not a duty of the federal government, and is best left to individuals and privatized insurance. While the federal government should do it’s best to deliver the promised benefits from the current form of socialized medicine, Medicare, expanding this system is out of the question.

http://towneforcongress.com/economy/health-care-solutions
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/health-care
 
Josiah Schmidt: How would you like to see the War on Terror carried out more effectively?

Jake Towne: I would like to see the War on Terror brought to an end.  Addressing the threat of suicide terrorism by the use of occupational, conventional armies has been completely ineffective and extremely costly.  To defeat suicide terrorists one must capture the current generation and prevent the next generation from being created from collateral damage and blowback.  Our armies in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating more future terrorists and aggression against our country.  I favor the use of constitutional letters of marque and reprisal to address the threat by small bands by granting special warrants and bounties for marked terrorists to be brought to justice.  This would be extremely cost-effective – or we can choose to let the “War on Terror” grind on for another 9 years — what we are doing is not working.

http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/afghanistan-war
http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/iraq-war
 
Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Jake Towne: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”  The time to fight for freedom is now as more and more Americans are waking up to the sad truth that the federal government is out of control.

A tyrannical state is quickly developing in America, one of the few rare places in the history of the planet where “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was not an unattainable dream but instead a mission statement.  Support liberty-minded candidates or run for office yourself – it is the only way the “stagnant quo” will ever change.

Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?

Please visit http://towneforcongress.com

My campaign is also on YouTube and Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jake-Towne/229199005592?ref=ts
http://www.youtube.com/user/TowneForCongress

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