Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District
LAWRENCEVILLE -- U.S. Representative Rob Woodall's town hall meeting Tuesday evening at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center dwelled largely on the economy, where President Obama "went wrong" and what could be done to fix it.
But that conversation with a full auditorium of 450 local residents ultimately led to the upcoming presidential election and the question of who Woodall, a Republican, thought would be the best candidate for the job.
He balked at naming names.
"I think it's going to be a Republican," Woodall quipped, adding that "it's an awful job. I admire anybody who's willing to put themselves out there."
Woodall, who sits on the budget committee, said he would support any candidate who endorsed a fair tax. He also told Tuesday's crowd that Obama had been "wildly successful" in achieving his goals during his first three years in office -- but that those goals weren't the right ones for America.
"It was amazing success if you believe what he believes in," he said. "We haven't had success swinging that pendulum back."
Woodall conceded a Republican advantage in terms of sheer numbers in the House of Representatives, but said it only took "22 squishy Republicans from California or New England" to negate it.
He said the federal government needs to trim the budget partially by "not legislating with their hearts," and believing that Americans will donate to important causes on their own if the government stops funding it.
"The big issue in this next election is not finding a candidate you believe in," Woodall said, "the big issue is finding a candidate who believes in you."
"Private dollars can do those things. Don't you dare for a minute think when I cancel a program it's because the program's awful," he continued, referencing the Department of Education. "Sometimes it's because ... I'm thinking if it's important to you just send (money) on your own."