by John Mulholland

Tanner Ainge comes from the world of finance. In my conversation with him, Ainge talked about his experience working with small companies and having to quickly evaluate them to see if they are a good investment. To do this he has had to master learning about many aspects, including financial statements, driving factors, industry trends, headwinds, tailwinds, and regulatory burdens. He also said that you even have to deal with reluctant founders and be able to reassure them that you will take good care of their business that they have worked so hard to develop.

Tanner believes that being able to do all of this is a rare skill, especially when it comes to politics. Companies struggle to survive if they are inefficient as they will eventually go bankrupt and shut down. He explained that this is the case with the federal government.  He sees a country in massive debt with so many regulations that don’t protect anybody.

Some have criticized Tanner regarding generic answer on issues. This was initially seen in this interview with such topics as chipping away at the national debt, entitlement reform, and having the courage to vote the right way. But when he started talking about details Tanner started to get excited. He wants to improve our medical system by encouraging Health Savings Accounts, especially through government programs such as Medicaid. By using these he hopes to help patients become much more cost aware, which he believes will reduce medical costs overall.  He also wants to see states have more control.

Tanner also wants to help preserve programs like Social Security by delaying the retirement age for those who still have a while to retire. He wants to combine both practicalities with solid conservative values.

As Tanner has lived outside of Utah for a while there has been concern that he is not very familiar with Utah issues. When asked about issues important to CD 3; he said that Utah has been fiscally responsible and has done well economically, specifically with Silicon Slopes. He wants to help encourage economic growth by removing both regulatory and tax burdens.  He said that Utah, especially CD 3, has a strong social fabric and leads in such things as two parent households. This doesn’t come from government.

When asked about big political happenings in Utah in the last 5 or so years he said that Utah has a great mobility metric. Utah is a fiscally responsible state and thinks Utah could do more if federal gas tax money is returned to the state.

When asked about whose ideology he most aligns with he said that he doesn’t report to anybody but the voters of the third district. He does appreciate Senator Lee’s raising a sense of urgency though.

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  • PatriotFreedom

    Ainge’s campaign is more fit for the sports page than real politics. In other words it is a joke, and he is a very dangerous, untested candidate. He did no work to put in the. time to meet delegates who could have tested his ideas and theories of government. He put in no time to hold campaign events to meet voters who could possibly vote him into office. He put in no time to meet with the common people from all over Utah.
    Ainge is a carpet bagger who recently moves into Utah, thinking that in a few months he can get acquainted with Utah issues? Baloney!!
    If a man is faithful in small things he will be faithful in large things.
    I can tell you that if Ainge won’t meet with voters now, he certainly won’t be responsible to voters after being elected, and will ignore them, and will not hold town halls. Instead he will be a centrist congressman, just doing his own thing and ignoring Utah and Utah issues.
    Want to have Obamacare repealed? All the other candidates do. But does Ainge… well who knows he hasn’t said.
    Want to have Bears Ears repealed? Most of the other candidates do (Curtis doesn’t). But does Ainge?? Well who knows, he hasn’t said.
    He doesn’t sound very conservative to me.

    Ainge has used his $Money$ to buy a chance at a primary vote, and completely turned his backs on delegates. Something that Curtis at least did. Ainge is in a different league (A few steps lower) than people like Herrod, and certainly Deidre Henderson, Margaret Dayton and Stewart Peay. Personally I’d like to see Deidre Henderson run for Hatch’s seat for the Senate. She is the smartest lady I have ever met.