I have no videos of Mike Turner- nor his literature, because he didn’t show up at any candidates nights. He did send a representative to the Fayette County Tea Party candidates forum, but nothing else. You can hear a podcast of that on my recap of that event.
Of course, Mike shows up in the paper often. He, and his wife, Lori have been featured prominently on this site since it started. I was the one who exposed Mrs. Turner for doing work for the Army Corps of Engineers under a GSA schedule while her husband sat on the Armed Services Committee, and that she was doing work for the Home Depot PAC while her husband was in Congress. Instead of linking to individual posts- you can just look at the category The Turner Effect (the name of her former firm).
Bio: Mike Turner was elected to Congress in 2002 and served two terms as Mayor of Dayton. Rep. Turner is a life-long resident of the Dayton area and lives in Centerville with his wife Lori and two daughters.
Answer 1: Throughout my time in Congress I have advocated for our government to cut spending and cap it at a responsible level so that we may balance our budget. We must remember though that the Constitution empowers Congress to “Provide for the common Defense.” Fulfilling that obligation and meeting our budgetary responsibilities are not mutually exclusive. As a nation, we should be able to provide for our defense and balance our budget. One should not come at the expense of the other.
Answer 2: The most important issues in this race are jobs and growing the economy. As our nation’s economy continues to struggle, I’ve focused on solutions to help spur economic growth and encourage job creation. I’ve consistently supported legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses, eliminate regulations which stand in the way of our job creators, and help American workers keep a larger share of their hard-earned income. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m focused on growing Wright-Patt and will work hard to protect the jobs and missions at the base.
From the Dayton Daily News’s Republicans offering primary voters distinct options.
Turner, 52, lives in Centerville and is in his 10th year in Congress. He also worked as an attorney and served as mayor of Dayton for eight years. He has often focused his congressional efforts on the health of Wright-Patt, Ohio’s largest single-site employer.
Turner said he advocates across-the-board spending cuts to balance the budget, but adds that defense has already been cut and should not suffer further. He has been criticized by Anderson for votes early in his tenure to raise the debt ceiling. Turner argues that those votes came when the debt was $7 trillion lower than it is today.
Turner said entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare need reform, and benefits should change for those younger than 55.
Asked about voter frustration with gridlock in Congress, Turner blamed President Obama, claiming he has been unwilling to have a dialogue on spending cuts outside of defense.
Turner wants U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan to ensure that terrorists do not gain control. He said his experience and advocacy for the region make him the best candidate.
“Our local economy is incredibly tied to the success and hard work of the men and women who serve at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,” Turner said. “My work on the Armed Services Committee has expanded, supported and defended Wright-Patt.”