Tim Borchardt of Iowa City is seeking the Republican nomination for Iowa’s Second Congressional Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Borchardt is concerned about how easily people have given up their rights. Moreover, he wants the country to be prepared for anything that may arise, such as COVID-19.
For most of his life, his career was making auto parts. He has a nine-year-old and an 11-year-old. Republicans have long-needed a candidate who can win Johnson County to have hope of winning the seat, occupied currently by Democrat Dave Loebsack. Borchardt spent most of his life in Johnson County, and when he wasn’t, he was living in rural areas of the district, such as Washington County.
“We can win this seat,” Borchardt said.
Borchardt said the key in the 2020 election for Republicans may not be to win Johnson County, but by not losing it by a significant margin. The challenge for him is challenging those he believe are most strongly backed by the Republican Party establishment, Marianette Miller-Meeks or Bobby Schilling.
“I really like what Trump did,” Borchardt said. He wants to be an agent of change within the party, as well as Congress, to get things done. When Loebsack announced his retirement, Borchardt felt this was the right time to give it a shot.
He supports term limits, as in his life, he has had only two people represent him in Congress – Loebsack and Jim Leach. He believes doing the same thing and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity. Nominating Schilling, originally from Illinois, or Miller-Meeks, who has already lost this race thrice, would be a mistake for the party, he believes.
“If that isn’t a strategy to lose, I don’t know what is,” Borchardt said.
As something of a political outsider, Borchardt knows he’s got an uphill battle. He was hoping to have many speaking engagements in these months, but COVID-19 has hindered that. Basically, he says he has never voted for a Democrat, he supports the Second Amendment, is pro-life and is fiscally conservative.
“We’ve got to get our budget under control,” Borchardt said. In response to COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn, Congress has chosen to spend trillions more. Borchardt believes that if America is to solve its debt problem, the growth of government needs to be slowed.
One of America’s largest expenditures is on education. He’d like to change the way federal aid is distributed; the money should be loaned to the universities who decide how and for whom the money will be used. In that case, the students would not be left with the debt and universities would be more focused on selecting the best students and the best teachers to spend the money.
He would also support more honesty and less regulation in health care costs to solve that issue. When asked if the Department of Veterans Affairs should exist, he believes it should for specialty treatment. Veterans should go to local doctors for other issues, to help reduce the size of the VA administration. As it stands, he believes the VA is a blueprint for single-payer, government-run health insurance that has shown it will not work. Creating new patients for the VA, by keeping service members around the world, is also not a winning strategy.
“We don’t need our troops all over the world,” Borchardt said. “Bring them home.” In today’s digital age and technology available to quickly respond, it is not necessary. If troops remained stationed overseas, he would like to see other countries chip in to cover their costs.
America should also be more self-reliant and, as COVID-19 has shown, depending on other countries for manufacturing can lead to larger problems. “If China shut down, we’d be out of medications,” he said.
Borchardt believes Republicans in the Second District should vote for him because he’s an average guy who is familiar with rural Iowa. He is a man of the people, a gun owner himself and someone who is willing to work with others for the good of America. One of his top priorities would be setting term limits for the Senate and House to 12 years.
For more information, visit his website.