Roskam Predicts Massive Change in Policy With a Republican Win Tuesday
Incumbent congressman is spending the final hours before the polls open to campaign for his re-election and the election of other Republican congressional candidates.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6th) is predicting not only a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but a revolution in governmental policy after voters cast their ballots Tuesday.
Most of the polls indicate that Roskam's prediction is a safe bet. A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Republicans hold a nine-point lead over Democrats on a generic ballot. Policy change will be hard to make reality, but Roskam said the voters are clamoring for it.
The first thing the Republican-controlled Congress will do is pass a sensible budget, Roskam said. He said the voters want a Congress that will spend the public's money wisely and not run up massive debts. Roskam said the Republicans will pass budgets that will "trim the sails and get the government back under control."
"This is about bringing common sense back to Washington," Roskam said during a conference call with other Republican candidates and local media.
A Glen Ellyn native, Roskam said he is confident voters will return him to Washington. Roskam is being challenged by Democrat Ben Lowe of Wheaton. Roskam was first elected to Congress in 2006. Before that, he served in the Illinois Legislature starting in 1993.
During the conference call Adam Kinzinger, the Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District, said he will be excited that his first vote will be to name a new Speaker of the House.
"The hard work will begin after we remove her from that spot," Kinzinger said, referring to U. S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Callifornia.
Kinzinger, a Bloomington Republican, is challenging U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson for her seat in the 11th Congressional District, which includes Joliet and portions of Will, McLean, Grundy and LaSalle counties. Roskam has spent time campaigning with and for Kinzinger. The 11th is considered a swing district.
Roskam said voters across his district and the rest of the state are upset that Democrats spent most of 2009 talking about health care while the economy crumbled.
"People were screaming about jobs. They were looking to their representatives to preserve the economy, but all they got was talk about health care," Roskam said. "Now we have unemployment of over 10 percent."
Roskam said a strong and united Republican Congress will force President Barack Obama to "become a moderate instead of a left-leaning liberal.
"If we put forth common sense ideas and present them to the president, he will have no choice but to come to the Republicans," Roskam said.
He said Obama has created an environment that is spurring the midterm rejection of the president's policies.
Roskam said 23 months ago Obama's approval rating was at 73 percent, but since then "it's dropped like a stone."
Roskam said Congress has to face tough questions about spending and the economy.
"This is about protecting the American taxpayer," Roskam said.
While campaigning for his own political future, Roskam has worked throughout the fall for other Illinois Republican congressional candidates.
Last week, Roskam spent a couple days with Bob Dold in the 10th District. Dold is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Mark Kirk, the GOP Senate nominee. On Thursday, Roskam said he and Dold began campaigning before breakfast, meeting with potential voters at a train station and coffee shops. Dold said their goal is to reach as many voters as possible in the final days of the campaign. Dold said his opponent, Democrat Dan Seals, is trying to scare women and senior citizens into not supporting his campaign.
"We've got a lot of work between now and Tuesday, but momentum is on our side," Dold said.