UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Roe seeking fifth term to shift country’s direction

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 @ 7:31PM

BRISTOL, Va. — U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said he’s seeking a fifth term because there’s still a lot he wants to get done.

During an editorial board meeting with the Bristol Herald Courier, Roe, R-Johnson City, said his focus will continue to be on health care reform to make it affordable and accessible. He also wants to continue advocating for better care for veterans.

If re-elected to the 1st District seat, an important part of his next term would be to help get the country moving in the right direction, he said.

About 70 percent of the U.S. population – 85 percent of those who live in the 1st District– believes that the country is headed in the wrong direction, and he believes it’s his responsibility to help steer it back, Roe added.

“It’s my job right now to help lead us in a different direction and create opportunity for young people,” he said.

Although millions of jobs are being created and the country’s unemployment rate is dropping, people still aren’t happy, he said. And he believes that’s because it’s harder to borrow money and there is an unbelievable regulatory burden being carried in the U.S.

“If complying with regulations were a country it would be the 10th largest economy in the world,” he said.

Roe, a retired physician, is set to officially announce his campaign for re-election at 10:30 a.m. today at Johnson City’s City Hall.

The election is Nov. 8.

Read the full article HERE at the Bristol Herald Courier.

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