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2013 rewind: The interviews of NY-22 candidate Michael Vasquez and the media

The following are all the media interviews we have recorded of every interview with the media and New York 22nd Congressional candidate Michael Vasquez.

The videos are listed in chronological order from the exploratory committee in April 2013 through the official announcement of a run for Congress in November 2013, up until the end of the year.

Exploratory Committee

WBGH -

April 2013

YNN –

April 2013

WNBF -

August 2013 – part 1

August 2013 – part 2

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Announced run for 2014 NY 22nd Congressional seat

WICZ –

November 2013

WKTV –

November 2013

WNBF –

November 2013 – Part 1

November 2013 – Part 2

WUTQ –

November 2013

WBGH –

December 2013

Exceptional Conservative Show with Ken McClenton (D.C. based) -

December 2013 – Part 1

December 2013 – Part 2

Internet and Newspaper articles/interviews for 2013 include: Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Herkimer Evening Telegram, Houston Conservative Examiner, Ithacajournal.com, Utica Observer-Dispatch and others.

To learn more about NY congressional candidate Michael Vasquez, and/or to lend your support, please visit www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com.

Video – Utica speech and Q&A – Michael Vasquez bid for Congress 2014

The following is the unedited speech, recorded on November 18, 2013 behind the Oneida County Courthouse. It is followed by the questions and answers with WKTV News on that same day. This is exclusive video, unaired on TV.

If you would like to know more, or want to donate/support, visit www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com

Questions and answers with WKTV News – “Questions are easy to answer, if you are honest and without anything to hide.”

Run for Congress – Utica, NY

Video – Binghamton speech and Q&A – Michael Vasquez announces run for Congress 2014

The following is the unedited speech, recorded on November 18, 2013 at the Broome County Courthouse. It is followed by the questions and answers with WICZ Fox 40 News on that same day. This is exclusive video, unaired on TV.

If you would like to know more, or want to donate/support, visit www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com

Questions and answers with WICZ Fox 40 News – “Good representation is not a well-read speech, but an honest direct answer to questions.”

Congressional bid speech – Binghamton, NY

Twitter posts from June 2013

The following can be found on my Twitter account (@electvasquezny – ask to be added to be up to date daily) from the month of June 2013:

There are issues and events from day to day that there is just not enough time to expand on, or are complete in just a short message. Twitter is an excellent format to provide and share comments and thoughts of this nature. But not everyone is on Twitter. Thus, from time to time, this blog will provide several of these commentaries and musings.

Michael Vasquez ‏@electvasquezny 5 Jun

Michael Vasquez speaks at Vestal Public Library – June 4, 2013 – pt 1: http://youtu.be/Y8v5TpaLAiQ via @youtube

Michael Vasquez speaks at Vestal Public Library – June 4, 2013 – pt 2: http://youtu.be/6bRGbiE80ek via @youtube

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8 Jun ‏@electvasquezny

Michael Vasquez talks about improving Congress with Southern Tier Tea Party in Vestal, NY http://wp.me/p3tK3D-Y

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9 Jun ‏@electvasquezny

Uploading older videos that some may have missed in the past http://youtu.be/uzyl39jMnBU?a

Commentary on military service awards, and the Stolen Valor Act. Original video repost http://youtu.be/7pPBwgPPEpg?a

STEM jobs, immigration visas, and Rep Richard Hanna of the NY-22: http://youtu.be/gRCNNq_pm4Y?a via @YouTube

Binghamton University Libertarians speak with Michael Vasquez – Q & A pt 1: http://youtu.be/OErd0ZF183g?a via @YouTube

Binghamton University Libertarians speak with Michael Vasquez – Q & A pt 2: http://youtu.be/KsA7WO5DTRo?a via @YouTube

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10 Jun ‏@electvasquezny

Your view: Letters to the editor http://shar.es/wR3z6 via @sharethis

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12 Jun ‏@electvasquezny

Michael Vasquez comments on WNBF interview with Bob Joseph http://wp.me/p3tK3D-15

Michael Vasquez on WNBF with Bob Joseph – 8/19/13

On Monday August 19th at 9:30 a.m., Michael Vasquez returned to the Bob Joseph Show on WNBF Talk Radio 1290AM. In this round of discussion topics included the impending visit by President Obama, fracking, green energy, taxes, partisan gridlock, Congress, political accountability, small business, and more.

The following videos are the entire discussion as it was heard on-air.

Part 1

Part 2

What did you get for your vote in 2012? Video

Congress has a 16% approval rating, and political gridlock is running rampant. Scandals fill the airwaves, as Government overreach attacks the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendments. Yet incumbent Representatives are re-elected 93% of the time – in 2012 it was a 90% re-election rate. The problems are obvious, and the solution can be as well.

We expect more than special interest favorites and political party preferences. Congress needs to reconnect with the public. We need Representatives that will work for constituents and fulfill their obligations in office as well as live up to campaign promises.

Let’s remind voters that there is a choice in 2014. Let’s work together to tell Congress that they can’t just sit back and get re-elected for doing nothing. With your donation and support, we will put this video advertisement on televisions across the New York 22nd Congressional District.

Share and like the video. Donate* via Paypal at http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com/contribute/, or mail a check/money order (payable to: Friends of Michael Vasquez) to

Friends of Michael Vasquez
PO Box 515
Binghamton, NY 13902

Every dollar, like every vote, counts!

*Donations are not tax deductible.

Michael Vasquez talks about improving Congress with Southern Tier Tea Party in Vestal, NY

On June 4, 2013, Michael Vasquez spoke before the members of the Southern Tier Tea Party and the general public at the Vestal Public Library. The discussion was part of an event featuring Binghamton Mayoral candidate Douglas Drazen, as well as Mr. Vasquez, to present the options that face voters in the upcoming Binghamton, NY elections and the 2014 NY Congressional election.

Michael Vasquez took the opportunity to introduce himself to the constituents at the meeting, and to share his views on how Congress can become more accountable and reflective of the issues that are foremost in the minds of residents in the NY-22. Mr. Vasquez also took the time to express his thoughts on the 2nd Amendment and the growing issue of domestic unmanned aerial surveillance (drones). The following video is the uncut conversation of Michael Vasquez at the event:

Part 1 – Michael Vasquez introduces himself to NY Southern Tier residents

Part 2 – Michael Vasquez shares views of improving Congress and better representation for the NY-22

Following the introduction and the ways to improve government, and a similar discussion by Mr. Drazen, the question and answer portion of the event took place. It was during this time Mr. Vasquez expanded on a few ideas to create jobs, balance the budget, cut government debt spending, and reduce the national debt. In addition, Mr. Vasquez took the opportunity to gain greater insight on the concerns that the average American feels are a priority, and need to be discussed on the floor of Congress.

The following video of the Q&A is edited only to present the questions to, and answers from, Michael Vasquez:

Q&A in Vestal, NY with Michael Vasquez and Southern Tier residents

Michael Vasquez is continuing to explore a run for the 2014 New York 22nd Congressional election, and will be traveling throughout the NY-22 over the summer.

As always we look forward to your comments, questions and support. Please visit exploratory.ElectMichaelVasquez.com to learn more.

Binghamton University Libertarians and Michael Vasquez discuss New York 22nd Congressional District

On May 9, 2013 the Binghamton University Libertarians had Michael Vasquez as the guest speaker at their meeting in the Fine Arts building on the BU campus. This was an informal discussion; to introduce Mr. Vasquez and to address the concerns of young voters.

Initially the expectation was that the meeting would only be a 15 minute speech and Q&A combined as this would be at the end of a 12 hour workday for Mr. Vasquez. But after the casual introduction, when questions were opened to the students, the passion and variety of questions offered led to almost 2 hours of discussion on issues in the minds of BU students. Issues discussed included: the economy; student loans; 2nd Amendment; legalizing drugs; Affirmative Action; Equal Rights Movement; representation by elected officials; and more.

The following videos are the total introduction, questions and answers. All answers and questions are complete and without edit.

Introduction

Q & A pt 1

Q & A pt 2

Q & A pt 3

Q & A pt 4 (final)

Why wasn’t Rep. Hanna at Joint Economic Committee meeting on unemployment?

On April 24, 2013 the Joint Economic Committee, made up of Senators and Representatives from Congress, had a meeting to discuss the resolution to long-term unemployment (roughly 40% of those unemployed at this time). Virtually all members of this committee, Democrat and Republican alike, failed to appear (as reported by Huffington Post and National Journal).

It is not our purpose to ask why the other Senators and Representatives did not appear at this event, that is for the constituents those elected officials must answer to. We do have a question for Rep. Richard Hanna, who represents the New York 22nd Congressional District. Why wouldn’t the elected representative appear at a meeting to address a national concern – especially as Binghamton (8.8%) and Utica-Rome (9.0%) exceed the national unemployment rate (7.4%). In fact, not a single county in the NY-22 has less than 8.0% unemployment, several having as much as 11% unemployment according to the NY State Labor Dept.

In addition, Rep. Hanna did have the time to issue a letter, to Politico, addressing the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs to improve small business. The solution offered by Rep. Hanna was an increase in foreign visas and immigration reform.

“There are many worthy policy proposals to consider that could help achieve this desirable end. Whether it be an increased H-1B visa cap, an automatic visa for foreign students that graduate from a U.S. college with an advanced STEM degree, or another system altogether, if Congress undertakes immigration reform without permitting small businesses to access the qualified STEM workers they are clamoring for now we will be missing an opportunity to revitalize our economy.”

Thus we must ask, why was Rep. Hanna not at a meeting for resolving long-term unemployment while at the same time urging immigration reform to resolve STEM jobs? Is this what the constituents of the New York 22nd District believe, is this a representation of their views?

YNN questions Michael “Vass” Vasquez

Mr. Vasquez has stated he will be launching an exploratory committee to evaluate a run for the 22nd Congressional District – currently held by fellow Republican Rep. Richard Hanna. The announcement was made on April 23, 2013 at 2pm in Downtown Binghamton, NY. After the announcement, YNN took the opportunity to ask questions on behalf of voters.

This video is unedited for content

Q & A with YNN

Further information about the exploratory committee and the efforts of Mr. Vasquez to pursue elected office can be found at http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com

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