Colorado pres. candidate visits DickinsonA presidential candidate from Grand Junction, Colo., is visiting every county in the country to get his name in the minds of every voter.
By: April Baumgarten, The Dickinson Press
A presidential candidate from Grand Junction, Colo., is visiting every county in the country to get his name in the minds of every voter.
“Every county is a different place,” Republican John Davis said. “Every person is a different person.”
Davis said he has visited over 1,300 counties. He is on his second trip through North Dakota.
“North Dakota is doing really good economy-wise,” Davis said. “You go down south and the average unemployment rate is 14 percent.”
Davis said people he talked to in North Dakota are concerned with
immigration, the economy and debt. One thing he hears about a lot is the presidency.
“They don’t want a career politician in the White House anymore or in Congress anymore,” Davis said. “They want someone with business experience. I hear that hundreds, if not thousands, of times.”
Sometimes Davis gets big crowds, he said, while other times no one shows up. Although Davis didn’t have a large audience Saturday, one Dickinson resident was curious enough to meet him.
“I wasn’t even expecting it,” Garrett Lutz said. “I think it’s pretty great that he is coming here to check us out and actually meet the working people. Nobody really ever does that.”
Davis said traveling around the country is tough. Davis visits eight to 10 counties a day, but he said he enjoys talking to people. He added every candidate should go to every county and talk to people.
“One of the saddest things I hear is, ‘We have never had a presidential candidate come to our town or county ever,’” Davis said. “I got to go out and earn our right to be a presidential candidate.”
Davis’ wife, Debra, travels with him. She said she thought Davis running for president would be too much. After he explained that God told him to run, she was on board.
“I need to go along with him if the Lord directed him,” Debra said.
Davis said he needs to go to all the counties because he doesn’t have celebrity status or money. Getting his name in the news also helps.
“Most of the towns do an article for us,” Davis said. “This morning some place we went into a restaurant and a girl said, ‘I heard of you. You’re going to every county in America.’ We are starting to hear more of that.”
Davis said he was concerned about foreign policy and spending money, adding he thought there is at least 40 percent waste in the government.
“We have 220 bases in foreign countries,” Davis said. “That is more than we have in the country. We need to bring that money home.”
Davis said he should be done touring the country in June. He said he wants to fix the country, but he can’t do it alone.
“Somebody needs to fix this country,” Davis said. “Everybody needs to stand up and do their part.”