Dr. Robinson is an internationally renowned scientist and also the author of a popular home-school curriculum that he developed from home-schooling all six of his children by himself. FreedomWorks has called Dr. Robinson "the poster boy for uniting the GOP establishment and the Tea Party." The American Spectator magazine called him "not only a scientist but also a warrior."
Dr. Robinson is the founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and the author of "Self-Teaching K through 12 Home-School Curriculum," which he developed while home-schooling his six children. He ran for OR-4 in 2010 and lost to the incumbent but immediately committed to running again in 2012. Dr. Robinson is running because he Congress is messing up his family just like everyone else's and he wants to do his part to fix the nation.
This time, Dr. Robinson has the experience and name recognition and the lessons he learned from 2010. He said an additional 5% to 6% over his prior 44% will result in a win. The incumbent has now been in office 26 years. Dr. Robinson's strategy to overcome the incumbent advantage is to educate the voters on how he is different from his opponent. Dr. Robinson's son, Matthew had run against the incumbent as a Democrat in a primary, because he did not want the incumbent running unopposed. Matthew got 20% of the vote.
Unifying Conservative Factions
Dr. Robinson is a registered Republican. In 2010, he had the nominations of the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Independence Party in addition to his own. He has been endorsed by Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, and various Tea Party organizations. Dr. Robinson said various groups have set aside their differences to help get him elected. He is not currently an American Grizzlies United supported candidate and has not been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Curzon asked him how it is possible to unite the Tea Party and the establishment. "People understand that we are all marching in the same direction. We have our differences, but the main thing is to preserve American liberty, and preserve American freedom. That is what we all have in common," he said. Dr. Robinson said the type of unity that is going on for his Congressional race can be replicated at the national level.
Economy a Fundamental Issue
He said the most critical issue in his district is the economy. Dr. Robinson said Congressional action destroyed a once thriving logging industry. He said the economy is a fundamental issue, because if it is broken, no other issues can be addressed, for they all require money to address them.
Environmental Special Interests Doing Harm
His position on Obama's "green policies," is that they are misguided, actually bad for the environment and bad for his constituents. He said Oregonians cherish their environment and "we are all environmentalists." Dr. Robinson said "it's people trading on the name 'environmentalism' who are causing harm."
He said the first thing he would do when sworn in is "go to work to do what the voters voted us in to do and that is to do everything we can to diminish the regulations, which are strangling our economy, to diminish the taxes which have been taking capital away from the private sector and to get the budget balanced and get our federal economic situation in order." His goal is to get the national debt to start decreasing "and stop being a burden on the back of the American worker."
Common Sense in 2012 and "Book Bombs"
He's written, "Common Sense in 2012," and his campaign plans to hold a "book bomb." The book is "about our nation, our liberties, the principles we stand on, and each of the issues we stand on which are important in this election." A "book bomb," is similar in principle to a money bomb. It's fund-raising activity so the book can be distributed to voters. The Robinson campaign has raised $170,000 via these "book bombs."
He said, "it isn't enough to run campaigns on bullet-point flyers and 30-second sound-bites. A poor candidate can hide behind good advertising. The idea is that the voters need more. They need in-depth knowledge about the candidate. And I think if you expect the voters to give you the privilege of serving them in Congress, it's not too much to ask for them to write extensively about what they would do and why, and how they view our nation."