U.S. Senate candidate Dave Lindstrom, a Republican from Overland Park, touched on topics from gun control to border security during his stop on Wednesday in the Little Apple.
“I’m motivated because I think the country’s under attack,” said Lindstrom, a former Kansas City Chiefs player, real-estate developer and Burger King franchise owner. “I think that we have elected officials in Washington, D.C., that are talking about concepts that I don’t support in a manner that is mainstream to this country, and that bothers me, and that’s called socialism.”
Lindstrom hasn’t officially filed for the race. Ten candidates have filed for the office, which longtime Sen. Pat Roberts is vacating.
In light of recent shootings in Texas, Ohio and California, Lindstrom, who is a member of the National Rifle Association, said he thinks guns do not create violence.
“But I do think that there are some things that we can do,” he said. “And the president is working on as it relates to background checks and governmental entities being able to communicate with each other, not necessarily as well as they do now. Maybe we can improve upon that, and I think that would be a step in the right direction.”
Lindstrom said he owns guns and supports the Second Amendment.
In addition, Lindstrom said he supports President Donald Trump in his plans for enhanced security along the United States-Mexico border.
“What we need to do is in some areas, we need to build a wall,” he said. “Other areas, maybe technology will handle it. Further beyond that, we need to fund a budget that will pay for those things, and put politics aside and protect our nation.”
Lindstrom suggested initating DNA testing to make sure adults are bringing their own children while seeking entry into the United States.
“I think some of the concerns are that there’s some people being less than truthful. And that they have children with them, and obviously they have children with them, but they may or may not be their children. So there’s ways that we could make sure that,” he said.
“We can do DNA testing to make sure those people who are claiming ‘these are my children’ are in fact their children, and they’re not trying to take advantage of our good nature to welcome people into this country.”
Lindstrom said he believes Trump is “working hard” to secure the southern border, and wants people to seek entry into the United States legally.
“We do have to reform our immigration so that we allow folks to come in this country, but we are a country of laws,” he said. “And we need to make sure that they’re coming in legally. We want people to come into this country. We need to grow. We need bodies to help us employ, help us fill some of the jobs that we have vacant right now.”
Lindstrom also discussed the country’s budget deficit, and as a businessman, he said he knows how to balance budgets and examine spreadsheets.
“I believe we’re under attack because we have people who aren’t willing to balance the budget in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We have a 22-trillion-dollar deficit, and we’re adding a trillion dollars to that every year.”
Lindstrom said Kansas ranchers and farmers understand the president’s tariffs.
“They are willing to suffer short-term pain for long-term gain, and by that I mean, they are supportive of the president’s policies on tariffs,” he said.
“However, the reason they are in support of that is because they think right now the playing field is not level. They want a level playing field.”
When looking at healthcare, Lindstrom said he supports a market-based approach that provides cheaper and attainable care.
“We need to work on that. It’s a shame that we have a policy that doesn’t allow us to have a market-driven healthcare program, which would allow us to go from state to state,” he said.