Bielat Fields Stonehill Students' Questions On Role of Government, Reinvigorating Economy
October 24, 2012
by Amy Carboneau
Stonehill College senior Melissa Beaumont is from Connecticut and won't be voting in the 4th Congressional District. (Photo left by Mike Gay, Taunton Daily Gazette)
But she showed up to a town hall-style appearance on campus Tuesday night to ask specifically what candidate and businessman Sean Bielat had to say to students looking for a job.
"The number one issue is jobs and the economy," Bielat told a crowd of about 30. "It's what everybody's talking about."
Bielat is a Republican running against Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, of Brookline, for the long-held seat that Barney Frank is vacating.
In a gathering of mostly college students, the 37-year-old businessman from Norfolk pitched himself as the man with the experience needed to help grow the economy.
"It just makes sense to me to send to Washington, right now, people who have actually worked in the economy," he said.
Bielat said in speaking with business owners that many aren't hiring because of an "utter lack" of predictability for potential tax increases.
"Those are jobs that aren't being created," he said.
In an hourlong session, Bielat fielded questions throughout the night on every thing from defense spending to the role of government in the economy.
There are two visions, he said. One is that "government is smarter than we are and better at figuring out how to spend money." And the other - his vision - is "about people and individuals and businesses and doing what ever we can to empower them."
"That's the path we need to return to," he added.
A veteran and Marine, Bielat also answered questions about defense spending, saying that the government needs to "square" cuts in defense spending with keeping a strong military.
In the end, he thanked his audience as well as his opponent who stood in the same spot hours earlier in what Bielat said was a rare public appearance for his opponent who he said has turned down 19 offers to debate, and held no town halls to Bielat's 15.
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