Porter Press Conference

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By Lizzie Baker and Jonathan Meyer

Yesterday, four members from the Oak Party party held a press conference to inform the public of their candidate’s platform and answer questions from the media. Their candidate, Pat W. Porter, is a seventy-two year old conservative woman and has three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Porter was born in Japan, but moved to the United States after dealing with many hardships, struggling with money and dealing with abuse was chief among them. “(Porter) knows what common people are going through,” said Alexander Hundt of the Oak Party. There are many issues Porter plans to deal with if she is elected to office, but three in specific are more important to her. The first is Michigan’s $33 billion debt. Porter plans to decrease income taxes which will decrease the state debt overall while increasing revenue. The party members believe this will work, as it is supported by research and Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The second issue Porter is focusing on deals with education. “(today’s system) does not fit the educational needs of each student,” said Dakota Barnes. Porter hopes to fix the educational system by focusing primarily on improving knowledge of history and critical thinking. Continuing on the topic of education, the party members discussed the third issue their candidate hopes to remedy. It is Porter’s belief that teachers should have the option to conceal or open-carry firearms in schools. This would be initiated as long as the teachers under-went thorough back-ground checks and “as long as the schools know about it,” they said. These three issues are the most important to Oak Party’s candidate, but they explained Porter’s views on other topics as well. Porter plans to keep the legal smoking age at eighteen. Her reasoning is eighteen year-olds are already legally adults, and are able to vote and enlist in the military. They are responsible enough to make their own decisions. Another issue Porter would like to address is the death penalty, which should not be legal. Furthermore, she believes people should be compensated for being wrongfully imprisoned, and is up to them to accept the money if they so choose. Lastly, Porter has not neglected the issue of insurance. According to the Oak party members, Porter thinks auto insurance, like PIP (Personal Injury Protection), should not be mandatory for everyone. She also thinks medical procedures should not have different prices, but one set price. For example, MRIs should all have one set price that does not depend on the patient, doctor or hospital performing the MRI.