"A Closer Look" - Rep. Rouzer on HB2, Trump and troubles at the V-A

"A Closer Look" - Rep. Rouzer on HB2, Trump and troubles at the V-A

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - As North Carolina's Congressional Primary Election approaches, David Rouzer is not in "campaign mode". Rouzer is unopposed in this primary ahead of his re-election bid in November. Rouzer was one of the first to predict that businessman Donald Trump would be at the top of the ticket as the Republican nominee for president. Rouzer said he "felt it" before the primaries and caucuses began that Trump was going to be successful.

"A lot of folks out there are really frustrated with the status quo, and here you have a candidate who is coming forward, who is articulating a lot of the things that people feel strongly about," Rouzer said. "He's an outsider, and clearly this is the year of the outsider. I think he has a good chance of winning the presidency in the fall. In fact, I think he will win the presidency in spite of what the polls might show right now. I think this will be a very competitive race and he squeaks it out."

Rouzer said he would campaign with Trump in North Carolina if he is asked to be part of the GOP effort. "There are two choices," Rouzer said when looking at the presumptive nominees for the major political parties. "There will be Donald Trump, who is going to be the Republican nominee, and we assume Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee. Some may not like Donald Trump, but there are a lot of people who don't like, and do not trust, Hillary Clinton. I think Donald has a great opportunity, and I think he will win."

Rouzer remains concerned about the status of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, particularly in the light of a recent firestorm that surrounded Secretary Robert McDonald. Many criticized McDonald for his comments in May that seemed to link Veterans' long waits for healthcare to people standing in lines at Disney theme parks. McDonald later apologized, but many on Congress said the damage had been done and called on McDonald to resign.

"Even it was a bad choice of words, I can't imagine any public official saying that, quite honestly," said Rouzer. "That is a little bit 'out there' for me to comprehend, quite frankly. The Veterans' Administration has been a wreck for some time, partly because it's the largest federal bureaucracy in the federal government. I think there is a direct correlation between the fact that it is the largest federal agency and it is the most dysfunctional. We definitely need new management there, but we also need an overhaul of the system."

One law that Rouzer thinks does not need an overhaul is HB2, the controversial measure passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. The bill overturned an ordinance passed by Charlotte's City Council, and requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. Despite McCrory's call for Congress to better define the country's non-discrimination laws, Rouzer believes this issue is best solved at the state and local level, not in the halls the U-S House and Senate.

"There is a reason why we've had for all of these years a men's restroom and a women's restroom," Rouzer said. "It's for privacy purposes, and it's also for safety, particularly for women and children. You go to the states that have an open restroom policy, and you see example after example, in fact I just read an article in the Washington Times last week or the week before, about a man in a women's restroom and he was choking an eight-year-old child, a little girl.  So there is a reason why as a society we've had restrooms that are labeled for men and for women, it's for privacy and for safety. I think the safety of women and children in particular is paramount, and I think we need to keep the policy we've had in place all of these years."

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