I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed.
I decided to run for governor because I got mad.. I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
I speak my mind. If it offends some people, well, there's not much I can do about that. But I'm going to be honest. I'm going to continue to speak my mind, and that's who I am.
Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me.
We call our country home of the brave and land of the free, but it's not. We give a false portrayal of freedom. We're not free - if we were, we'd allow people their freedom.
I believe in the separation of church and state.. We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don't believe at all.. They are all citizens of Minnesota and I have to respect that.
We've gotten into the bad habit of overlegislating. I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed.
I get very disturbed when I see people demonstrating with signs that say Welfare Rights. There is nothing in the Constitution that says you have a right to welfare! Do you know what welfare is? It's taking money from someone who is working to give to someone who's not!
I looked at my wife and said, You know what? If these people put their own dollar-an-hour raise above the integrity of our nation, I don't wanna be their boss anymore.