My Interview With Senator Dan Coats

At the 2008 Republican Convention in Minnesota, I had the pleasure of meeting Indiana Senator Dan Coats.

Dan Coats followed the very popular Dan Quayle up the political ladder. They both came of age during the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s. Mr. Coats served in the house from 1981 through 1989. When Mr. Quayle gave up his Senate seat to be Vice President, Mr. Coats was his logical successor. They both held what can be described as “Indiana values.” They still do.

Senator Coats was very genial and warm. My interview with him is below.

1) What are the most important issues of 2008, and most important to you personally?

DC: “Those are the same. The War on Terror, combating radical extremism, the economy, and values are all important.

2) Who are your 3 favorite political heroes?

DC: “Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln.”

3) Indiana has a tradition of quiet Congressmen being plucked from the senate and into the White House. Given that you have followed Mr. Quayle quite successfully, will you continue to do so one more time?

DC: “No. Not at all. I spent 18 years in Congress and four more years as an Ambassador. I am quite content where I am.”

4) How would you like to be remembered 100 years from now? What would you want people to say about Dan Coats the person?

DC “I think they would see me as a man of integrity and a fair man. I cared about my country and my family. DUring the tough times, my faith saw me through.”

It was a pleasure meeting Senator Coats. He is a genuine man. For him, “Indiana values” is not a slogan or a cliche. It is a way of life. Like many good people, it has served him well.


2 Responses to “My Interview With Senator Dan Coats”

  1. “Indiana has a tradition of quiet Congressmen…”

    Quiet Senators too, apparently. I can’t think of anything Coats ever did! LOL! He did say some rather regrettable things over the years, though. On the other hand, he never seemed like a really bad guy opr anything like that.


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