Bishop worries about primary discourse, praises Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, said the level of discourse in the 2016 presidential primaries has made him not want his kids – ages 10, 14 and 16 – to pay attention.
“I want my kids to be able to watch the primary and say this is the way it should be,” Bishop said. “But these primaries are soaking up all the oxygen in the room.”
While he might not be happy with the current level of discourse among the presidential candidates, Bishop had nothing but good things to say about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“He’s a fantastic leader at the right time,” Bishop said. “He’s a good, Midwestern, Big Ten person who will make a difference.”
Bishop told the story of taking his former high school government teacher to this year’s State of the Union address. As the two men talked through the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, the teacher grabbed his former pupil’s arm.
“This is the greatest day of my life,” he told Bishop.
The standing of the U.S. in the world (“We need to regain our position of strength”); getting the government out of the way to help with “jobs, jobs, jobs”; reworking of the tax code and rethinking tax policy; and serving on the executive overreach task force were on Bishop’s mind. He also talked about the first bill he introduced, a bi-partisan effort signed into law by President Obama that helps students afford college.
In addition, Bishop recognized Howell Area Chamber of Commerce President Pat Convery for serving as the 2016 president of the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
He praised the chamber as dynamic. “This is such a great group of folks,” he said.