Host Phil Boyum welcomed Georgia District 12 Republican Congressional candidate Jeannie Seaver to the "Morning's unPHILtered" show. She is one of several Republican hopefuls in the July primary who hope to oppose Democratic Congressman John Barrow in November. Seaver, who lives in Chatham County, said she is running for the job because she thinks our freedoms are at risk, and is concerned about what our children might have to face.
Stating that she is a working mom who is willing to fight for our country, Seaver said she has volunteered for all of Republican candidates during the past 12 years. She said she has been taken care of herself since she was 17, and is currently working for a private capitalization company that buys up companies for profit.
She is an insurance negotiator, who works to ensure that their employees and companies got the best deals they can get. Seaver said because of her political experience in Savannah, she was one of the very first activists to start up the Tea Party group in Savannah. They eventually got 1,500 people to turn out for last year's April Tea Party in Savannah.
Seaver said that her family has many ties to the military, including her father, who was a graduate of West Point.
Boyum asked her why, from her perspective as an insurance negotiator, are there huge price increases coming in insurance rates. Seaver said that there are a lot of people who are uninsured that go to hospitals driving up the costs for those who have insurance.
Seaver said different states have different rates, and the difference between them is simply astonishing. One of the companies she represents has more than 500 employees, and by negotiating with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia, she was able to write the policies in Georgia rather than in Florida, where many of the employees are located. She said that saved the company and its employees a lot of money.
Boyum asked Seaver if Savannah Tea Party members considered themselves Republicans, or were they a separate group that the Republican Party must deal with, and possibly lose votes to. Seaver said the Tea Party consists mostly of Americans who are "sick and tired" of politics in America, who don't care whether they are Democrats or Republicans.
Asked if it bothers her that as a Republican the fact many Republicans don't necessarily practice what they preach when it comes to fiscal responsibility, Seaver responded that the bottom line is that the less government we have, the better off we'll be. It should all be about jobs, she said, with less government spending and cutting out the pork projects.
Asked about her ideas of separation between business and government, as is discussed on her Web site, Seaver said she understands that small businesses drive the economy. Jobs all across the district are disappearing: Gulfstream and JCB are cutting back, while more than 5,000 jobs have been lost in Milledgeville. Furthermore, she said, people in Millen say there just aren't any jobs at all.
Seaver that any type of socialism in government programs isn't something that we should focus on. According to Seaver, some 65 percent of Americans don't want federally-managed health care like that, she said, is offered in President Obama's health care plan. Seaver repeated that her children are her life, and she just wants to make it better for them.
Seaver said. Veterans need's just aren't being met and we need to retool the system to make sure it does. Seaver said we need to crack down on insurance fraud.
She spoke of a veteran who, failing to get any help at a veterans hospital just shot himself right in front of her office. Seaver said the best idea would be to have veterans being the ones to serve veterans. Using nuclear energy and allowing much more offshore and onshore oil drilling is the way, she said, to take care of our energy needs right here at home.