Four Palin Endorsed Candidates Make Time’s Top 40 under 40 List

Four candidates endorsed by Governor Palin in the upcoming 2010 elections have made Time Magazine’s top 40 under 40 list in their “new civic leaders” category. These candidates include Sean Duffy, Nikki Haley, Adam Kinzinger, and Marco Rubio. The article profiles each candidate individually. Here’s what they had to say:

Sean Duffy:

Duffy, 39, may be best known for his turn on MTV’s The Real World or perhaps as a five-time world-champion log climber. But in northwestern Wisconsin, the Republican is thought of as the district attorney who cracked down on child sex crimes. That law-and-order rep has made him the front runner for the state’s 7th Congressional District seat. And his clever television commercials, in which he out-lumberjacks his rivals, have gone viral.

Who is your political hero/inspiration?
Ronald Reagan

What’s your go-to political blog?
Real Clear Politics and Redstate.com

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?
I loved my job as a prosecutor. If I wasn’t running for Congress I’d still be a DA and a lumberjack competitor.

What’s the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
The most overlooked issue facing America is the economic nuclear bomb we have given to China thanks to Washington’s inability to reign in spending. Our reliance on China to fund projects we can’t afford does not come without serious national security implications.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
I’m a father and a husband first. In five years, I hope representing Wisconsin’s 7th District will also be on that list.

Nikki Haley:

Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, may seem an unlikely figure to lead the rebirth of South Carolina’s Republican Party. But when the stiletto-heeled 38-year-old bested three white men to win its gubernatorial nomination in June, she proved that the good-ol’-boy culture of Southern politics is no match for a charismatic conservative newcomer who promises to shake up the Palmetto State.

Who is your political hero/inspiration?
Margaret Thatcher.

What’s your go-to political blog?
Redstate.

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?
I’d be back to my roots in small business.

What’s the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
Understanding that tax dollars don’t belong to government, that people pay this money in and how elected officials spend it matters.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Continuing to remind people the power of their voice and that elected officials work for the people, not the other way around.

Adam Kinzinger:

As a sophomore in college, Kinzinger beat a three-term incumbent for a seat on the McLean County, Illinois, board of supervisors. Now, after a stint in Iraq with the Air Force, the 32-year-old Republican is taking on another Democratic incumbent, in the state’s 11th Congressional District.

Who is your political hero/inspiration?
I consider both Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan to be amazing political figures. During times of great national distress, both men saw beyond the current difficulties the Union was facing and knew that the American spirit would prevail. When I toured the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL, I noticed something never before pointed out to me — the rapid aging of President Lincoln during his time in office, and the great stress his eyes showed during the height of the war. He made the difficult decision of leading a nation to unity, when he could have instead ended the war in quickly by simply accepting a divided Union. Similarly, President Reagan took over a nation overwhelmed by malaise, a stagnant economy, and an imposing Soviet power. He would not accept the status quo, and instead led the nation with a clear vision of where America could once again return.

What’s your go-to political blog?
Politico.com and realclearpolitics.com

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?
Flying planes for the Air Force. I still fly as a reservist, but had I not been running for Congress, I would be flying full time. It’s quite a job!

What’s the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
Education. As we have seen, students are turning less and less to STEM areas of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). While it is good to have a wide variety of educated students, those core proficiencies are essential for us to maintain our technological edge and our manufacturing superpower status. America has the strongest economy in the world — bar none, but we must continue investing in our future in order to maintain that.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
That is not an easy question to answer. I hope to earn the trust of voters in November and am passionate about serving my District in Congress for a period of time — but only as long as that passion stays alive. I am committed to public service in some form, and whether that means holding elected office or not remains to be seen.

Marco Rubio:

When he became Florida’s youngest House Speaker, Rubio received a golden sword from then governor Jeb Bush — a gift that confirmed Rubio, now 39, as Bush’s political heir. If the son of Cuban exiles can win the state’s open Senate seat, he’ll go from prodigy to bona fide conservative hero.

Who is your political hero/inspiration?
Ronald Reagan

What’s your go-to political blog?
Red State

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?
Practicing law, teaching and trying to land an NFL front office job.

What’s the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
The national security component of our federal debt.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Hopefully in the U.S. Senate working to protect America’s exceptionalism.

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