The Messenger (Fort Dodge)
Tom Hoefling interview
Why should the voters pick you?
“We need some new conservative voices in Des Moines. We also need some fresh eyes on the problems we face.
“I’m a consistent, principled conservative with a long track record of standing by what the Republican platform is supposed to stand for. I’ve been at this for 25 years. I’m not an unknown quantity.”
The candidate said he takes no money from political action committees.
“I’m beholden to no one but my constituents in the 10th District,” he said.
What is your vision for the future of this state?
“I would like to go back to when our state’s motto was ‘A Place to Grow.’ This district includes communities like Pocahontas County which has seen significant population loss, according to the last census. Our small towns are suffering. We need to make this an attractive place for all of our young people to stay and prosper and also we want to make this a place for people to come to work and live.”
He said cutting taxes and regulations is the key to creating such an environment.
“I think the change that needs to be made fundamentally is in terms of taxation and regulation,” he said.
He described the tax cut bill passed during the 2018 legislative session as “trimming around the edges.”
He said he wants to abolish the state income tax.
What is the No. 1 issue facing the state and what would you seek to do about it if you’re elected?
“The No. 1 problem facing the state and the nation is the erosion of the moral basis of a republican form of government. And at the basis of that erosion is abortion on demand. As long as we allow abortion to take place we’re destroying the moral basis of our republican form of government.”
What’s your opinion of the state’s new abortion law?
“The bill is insufficient. It has no penalties. It’s full of loopholes. It’s going to go down in flames in the courts.”
The new state law prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but it provides exceptions for cases of rape and incest and situations in which the baby would not be able to survive outside the womb. Hoefling said he opposes those exceptions.
He said women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest “have an obligation to protect that child until it’s born. Then they have the option of giving the child up for adoption.”
“It’s barbaric to kill one person because of the crime of another person,” he said.
What do you think should be done to improve the state’s Medicaid system?
“I’m not going to pretend that I have all the answers to that. I’m unsure at this point what is the right course to take.”
Full article: http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2018/06/republicans-seek-partys-nomination-for-state-house/