Michael Wood, one of the running Republicans in thein Texas’ 6th Congressional District, hopes to stand out in the race as an anti-Trump Republican, he told CBSN on Thursday.
“It’s time for us to get past this man,” Wood said in an interview with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers of CBSN. “I think we have to do it now before we lose to the Democrats midterm next year and the presidential election after that.”
Wood, who is a Navy combat veteran and small business owner, is one of more than 22 candidates in the state’s special election to succeed Congressman Ron Wright, who died in February of the complications of COVID-19. The North Texas seat represents the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has been held by Republicans since 1983.
“I’m in this race because it’s the first battle for the soul of the Republican Party,” Wood said.
The candidate’s decision to go into politics is what he said was accelerated following the tone and certain policies of Trump’s presidential term, including the Jan.6 insurgency, which Wood said former President Trump “was directly responsible”.
His campaign in Tarrant County, Texas – which still has many pro-Trump Republican voters – is what Wood has described as a “high mountain” to climb. However, Wood said 30 to 35 percent of the Republican Party have indicated they are also ready to step down from the previous president.
“Frankly, I was surprised at how many people came to me and said they were waiting for someone to say the things I am saying; a Republican to speak clearly about what happened in our country, especially in recent months, ”Wood said.
Besides the anti-Trump pillars of his campaign, the Midland, Texas native is also pushing for a more modest infrastructure plan than President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion proposal. He said the infrastructure problems in the country and his state, which have seen major problems over the past year, can be solved with a plan in the range of $ 300 billion to $ 500 billion.
The veteran, who has been deployed to Afghanistan for two tours, also said he agreed with Mr Biden’s recent decision to withdraw his troops from Afghanistan after 20 years fighting in the country against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
“We can have a robust counterterrorism policy towards Afghanistan that does not require an incredible amount of troops on the ground,” said Wood. “I think it is morally and strategically right the right decision but it is very difficult.”
Wood also told CBSN that he supports Mr. Trump’s. “and said he hoped it would be reinstated. The policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, was first implemented in January 2019 and returned asylum seekers to Mexico pending their immigration procedures in the United States.
“This will not be resolved by litigation,” said Wood. “The whole immigration problem must ultimately be resolved by Congress, through legislation.”
In just over two weeks, Wood will face two former Trump administration officials, 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats in the statewide all-party special election polls.