Hice, Collins tout conservative credentials ahead of runoff

Jody Hice

Jody Hice


Mike Collins

What began as a seven-person race for the Republican nomination for the 10th Congressional District has been narrowed down to a choice between two self-described, strong conservatives — radio talk show personality Jody Hice and businessman Mike Collins.

Hice, a former pastor and longtime political activist, favors a smaller federal government and is “adamantly” opposed to raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

“$17.5 trillion of debt is ludicrous,” Hice said. “We must cut spending and pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.”

Collins, who also supports passing a balanced budget amendment, has spent considerable time during the campaign discussing his business experience as a trucking company owner. His “positive plan” of conservative policies also includes specifics on shrinking the size of government, passing the FairTax, paying down the national debt and more.

“It’s kind of like the original Contract with America from Newt Gingrich,” Collins explained, referring to the plan outlined on his website, www.overhauldc.com.

Hice’s plan, however, is to use what he describes as a “simple, commonsense four-way test” to determine how he will vote on legislation.

“Is it constitutional? Is it right? Is it necessary? Is it affordable? My opponent has rejected this simple test because he claims it will make it too hard to ‘get business done,’” Hice claimed.

While Hice and Collins may differ on how they approach legislative issues, both promise to uphold conservative values in Washington.

“America is at a crossroads, we are in danger of losing what made this country great,” Hice said. “President Barack Obama has stated that he wants to fundamentally change our nation. This must not be allowed to happen. It is time that “we the people” take a stand and demand that our conservative values be heard in Washington.”

Collins, describing himself as a “successful businessman with a plan of action,” said he believes his conservative values can make a difference in Washington.

“We can solve a lot of our nation’s problems,” he added. “But we have to stop talking and start working. That’s what I’ve done my entire life and I’m ready to do it in Congress.”

The winner of the July 22 runoff will face Democrat Ken Dious in November.

The 10th Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Paul Broun, covers a 25-county area including Dacula in Gwinnett County.