CORALVILLE, IA. — Vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and a chance to face off against likely Democratic candidate Bruce Braley in November 2014, Sam Clovis conducted a meet and greet session at the Coralville Library on Thursday.
Addressing a crowd of about 30, Clovis spoke about the economy, preserving national sovereignty and security, expanding liberty for all citizens, and being able to put some trust back in politicians again.
“Are you going to trust someone who is just like the guy we’re going to get rid of (Tom Harkin), are you going to trust someone (Bruce Braley) who is going to have and have already demonstrated the fact that they will cave to special interests, that they will do all these other things, they will not protect life, they will not protect marriage, they will not protect your taxes, they will not protect your life, they will not protect your security, they will not do that because they are more interested in… protecting their positions,” Clovis stated.
Wrapping up his speech, Clovis said, “I want you to ask me questions, because that’s how we learn.”
He fielded a number of questions, many focusing on Americans being under surveillance by the NSA, illegal immigration and civics awareness.
“When the American people are ambiguous about the exceptionality of this nation, or when they are ambivalent about it, people who come to this country become ambivalent as well,” he said. “So what we really need to do is raise civics awareness.”
Clovis went on to talk about the challenges that exist in our education establishment, talking of the wonderful kids in the system, but how civics lessons are lacking. He gave an example of when he gave his college students a civics test, it was 40 questions in length, consisting of questions like, how many justices sit on the Supreme Court; who is the president, who is the vice president, who is your senator, who is your congressman?
CLOVIS: “Anyone want to venture a guess on the average?”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “20”
CLOVIS: “You sir, are high.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “15”
CLOVIS: “You sir, are high.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “10”
CLOVIS: “You are high.”
A lot of gasps could be heard in the audience.
“6 of the 40 questions were answered correctly,” Clovis said.
“So when you have a population that is ambivalent about their own identity, how is it we can expect people that come to this country to gain an appreciation and want to know about the exceptionality of this nation? That’s why they came here. But if the people born here don’t care, why should we (immigrants) care?” He stated.
Notables at the meet and greet: State Representative Bobby Kaufmann (House Dist. 73), Mark Lucas of Americans for Prosperity.
There were no low information voters in attendance.
A graduate of the US Air Force Academy where he earned a degree in Political Science, Sam served 25 years in the USAF, retiring a full Colonel and Inspector General of NORAD and the US Space Command. After retiring from the Air Force, Sam became a successful businessman and is currently the chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Morningside College in Sioux City.
For the rest of his bio and additional information on his stances, check out his website at: Iowans4samclovis.com