House can­di­date dis­cusses views

Ma­jor Gen­eral runs for 8th Dist. against Mar­shall new­ton county

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

While cam­paign­ing around the district, Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for Congress Rick God­dard stopped by Cov­ing­ton last week to talk about en­ergy pol­icy, the Iraq War and Sarah Palin.

God­dard, a ma­jor gen­eral and the for­mer com­man­der of theWarner Robins Air Lo­gis­tics Cen­ter, is chal­leng­ing three-term Demo­crat Jim Mar­shall for Ge­or­gia’s 8th Con­gres­sional seat.

God­dard said he sup­ports an “all of the above” en­ergy pol­icy for the United States, which he said in­cludes off­shore drilling and drilling in Alaska.

“I am strongly in fa­vor of go­ing af­ter those re­sources that be­long to us, whether they be in Alaska, whether they be off­shore” he said, adding that he also sup­ports the ad­vance­ment of clean en­ergy tech­nolo­gies such as wind and so­lar en­ergy. “Ev­ery sin­gle fu­ture op­por­tu­nity for en­ergy in this coun­try should be ex­plored and if pos­si­ble put into play.”

He said he would “ab­so­lutely not” sup­port a car­bon emis­sions tax or a cap-and-trade pol­icy be­cause it would “de­stroy” the econ­omy.

Sup­port­ers of a tax on car­bon diox­ide emis­sions or a cap-and-trade pol­icy, in­clud­ing Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Barack Obama and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee John McCain, have said that it is one of the best tools the United States has to re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions, which are one of the lead­ing causes of cli­mate change.

“I be­lieve cli­mate change is dras­ti­cally over­stated,” God­dard said, adding that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t do “ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pro­tect and pre­serve our en­vi­ron­ment.”

In their Fourth As­sess­ment Re­port last year, the In­ter­na­tional Panel on Cli­mate Change, a group of more than 2,500 sci­en­tists, said

the sci­ence be­hind cli­mate change is “un­equiv­o­cal” and that it is 90 per­cent cer­tain to have been caused by hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties.

God­dard also had harsh words for the Democrats in Congress who, in the wake of record high gas prices, have be­come more open to off­shore drilling af­ter pre­vi­ously op­pos­ing it. He ac­cused them of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency, in­clud­ing his op­po­nent, Jim Mar­shall.

He then went on to crit­i­cize both par­ties in Congress for fail­ing to work to­gether.

“I think the in­sti­tu­tion of Congress is at risk,” God­dard said. “I lay the blame at the feet of both Repub­li­cans and Democrats.”

God­dard promised that if elected, he would “get out on tough is­sues” and take “po­lit­i­cal risks.”

“No­body has been will­ing to take the risk and say we’ve got to fix the prob­lem,” he said.

On the Iraq War, God­dard said he be­lieved the United States’ 2003 in­va­sion and en­su­ing fiveyear oc­cu­pa­tion of the coun­try has “pre­vented the Per­sian Gulf from po­ten­tially grow­ing into a much more danger­ous place.”

“I hate to boil this down to oil, but the Per­sian Gulf wouldn’t be im­por­tant if it wasn’t for oil,” God­dard said. “At the point we’re in now, we must make sure that the Mid­dle East re­mains a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment. An in­ter­rup­tion of just weeks in that oil sup­ply would turn the econ­omy of the world on its head.”

God­dard had glow­ing words for Sarah Palin, Alaska’s gov­er­nor and the Repub­li­can Party’s vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

“The en­ergy, the sense of des­tiny with this McCain/Palin team, it just over­whelms al­most the core of the party,” he said. “She just brings a whole strength of char­ac­ter.”

God­dard said the Repub­li­can Party is cur­rently fo­cus­ing on winning the pres­i­den­tial race and the kind of a role Palin would have in the White House if McCain wins has not been dis- cussed.

“I don’t think at this time that is some­thing any­one is think­ing about,” God­dard said. “It truly de­pends on the pres­i­dent as to how much flex­i­bil­ity and lee­way he’s go­ing to let her have.”

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