Congressional Candidate Profile

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

He has to try extra hard to get his name out there. That's because General John Borling's name isn't on the November ballot for congress. We have to write him in. General Borling is running as an independent, to attract voters from both sides.

"By being out there and being captured by party extremes, we hurt the nation, we hurt it from a standpoint of jobs, we don't deal with the energy problem and the tax spending is out of control," Borling says.

So Borling wants to bring order, he's served a major general for 37 years and was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for six and a half years. He says his first-hand experience with the military can give others insight, with the War in Iraq, and admits pulling our troops out -- won't happen for some time.

"We're gonna be there for a long time, we're gonna have substantial presence there for a long time and anyone who tells different if their lips are moving their not telling the truth," he says.

Borling says it's our country's duty to bring democracy to the war-torn nation. And the U.S. must finish what was started. In fact, he says "more" troops are needed overseas.

"I would put a reserve force we got about 35-thousand combat troops that we can immediately put in there to stabilize the situation affect a semi autonomous region federalist solution with the Iraqi War."

Other platform issues include improving social security, which Borling says he wants to help younger generations get the same benefits he was granted.

"If we just made the simple fix of indexing social security future social security benefits to inflation now rather than wages, you will have the same purchasing power that I have when you come to retire."

Right now, Borling serves as the chairman of Performance Consulting Group, an energy services company. He helps come up with solutions for energy conservation, something he says we can do more of on our roadways.

"Get us for our buses, trucks, and cars into a flexible alternative position e-85 within 3 years."

He also plans on promoting a better climate for job creation in the private sector, rather than government created jobs. He says this will help save tax payer dollars, and keep more money in the Stateline.

"I'd like to go to Washington and make sure not as much money goes away and the money that does come back is principally used for infrastructure, good infrastructure."

But Borling isn't always just talking politics.

"I would challenge the other two, the democrat and republican to a push up contest in the back parking lot and whoever wins, winner take all."

General Borling says if he doesn't win, this will probably be his last stump for office, and will remain involved in civic and business affairs.


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