by Javier ManjarresI spoke with Senate candidate George LeMieux on the phone last week to discuss his bid to unseat Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012. LeMieux was appointed in 2009 to the seat presently held by Senator Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate, and served in for 16 months as a U.S. Senator.
The interview covered a wide range of issues including illegal immigration, the national debt, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. With regards to the Obama Stimulus Plan, LeMieux stated that he was not in favor of it and added that it “didn’t work“, and that it “shouldn’t have been spent.”
LeMieux has taken a hard line position on the problem of illegal immigration, as he reiterated his position that illegal immigrants need to be sent home especially if they break the law subsequent to their illegal entry, and his support for an Arizona style immigration law that meets Florida’s needs. LeMieux did state that he would be in favor of a guest-worker program, and said that the recent failure by the Florida Legislature to pass an E-Verify style immigration law was a “failure of leadership”
On the issue of the U.S. involvement in Yemen, LeMieux supports the President’s decision for continued Predator Drone strikes, but questions President Obama and our involvement in Libya, opining that the President is close to being in violation of the War Powers Act. LeMieux, along with Congressman Allen West are both stepping up their criticism of the Presidents unilateral military action and his failure to address the Congress before acting in Libya.
Listen to the whole interview below: