Congressman Buddy Carter reaffirmed his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and discussed a variety of other topics during a town hall meeting Wednesday Morning in Richmond Hill.
“I don’t agree with everything he says and he makes me cringe sometimes,” Carter said in response to a question from the audience. “But this isn’t just about Donald Trump. This is a movement. Washington is broken. People are frustrated. I think he’s the person who can shake it up.”
The comment drew applause from more than half of the roughly 75 people in attendance. The town hall was the fourth of seven such gatherings the Pooler Republican is conducting this week around the First District.
Carter began the meeting presenting a six-point agenda Congressional Republicans have adopted that focuses on the protecting the Constitution, strengthening the economy, improving health care, increasing national security, eliminating poverty and reforming the tax code. He said the plan will include multiple pieces of legislation in the 2017-2018 session.
Several of the questions during the 90-minute session focused on veterans issues, and when Carter asked veterans to stand and be recognized toward the start of the meeting about a quarter of the room stood.
When asked by a woman who said she is grateful for Obamacare about its future, Carter called the program “a disaster” and noted health insurance premiums have gone up an average of $4,000 annually. He said the Republicans at one time had 116 different plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, but are now focused on lowering costs by making more choices available, giving tax credits to people who buy health insurance and promoting health savings accounts.
When asked about medical marijuana, Carter, the only pharmacist in Congress, said “I’m not sold on it” but believes people should be able to use it if they feel it benefits them.
The former mayor of Pooler also said he believes the age limit for Social Security will need to be raised, that he is not in favor of raising taxes to balance the budget and that education should focus more on school choice and vocational training.