CARBONDALE - Teri Newman of Highland talks exuberantly about her chances to upset longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello for the 12th District, and she takes pride in her conservative stance on issues ranging from health care to gun control.
"Here's what and how I can execute. For 14 years, I had my own (limousine service) business. I know how to run a business by finding creative solutions. Politics is the power of persuasion," Newman said Thursday during an interview with The Southern Illinoisan.
In response to living just outside the district boundary line, Newman is quick to respond that people should look at requirements to run for congressional districts and they will find out the candidate does not have to reside within the boundary lines. She expects a redistricting process will include where she lives now.
Newman attacks the incumbent, accusing him of taking political action committee money.
Newman said she will not take a dime of special interest or PAC money if elected. She said those receiving Social Security disability money need to be recertified every three years to prevent waste and fraud within the system.
She highly opposed to Obama's health care plan, describing it as "a travesty," because she said it cuts $500 billion out of Medicare while shoveling in another 35 million people eligible for benefits.
Medical reform is needed to prevent the current abuse of malpractice suits and medical associations need to be more transparent with physician records and history, she said.
Closer to home, Newman says Illinois can lead a transition from dependence on foreign oil to new energy sources such as clean coal, ethanol and wind.