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The million-dollar question
Texas trucker asks Republican presidential candidates about cross-border program

By Ken Becker
Staff Member


OOIDA Life Member Ken Becker, Montgomery, TX, got a unique opportunity Sept. 17 to pose a question to several Republican presidential candidates.

Becker was invited to participate in a debate sponsored by Values Voters, a group representing conservative voters. Present at the debate were several Republican candidates, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep Duncan Hunter, and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

Four candidates – Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani – did not attend the debate.

When it came time for Becker’s question, he asked one that has been on the minds of most American truckers in recent months.

“As a small-business trucker for over 15 years, I know that allowing Mexican trucks into our country brings unsafe equipment driven by people unable to communicate in English, read highway signs or even know our laws,” Becker said. “This creates a serious safety concern and undermines American jobs, not to mention our roads and bridges. They are a threat to security, safety and American workers.

“Since Bill Clinton successfully kept Mexican trucks off U.S. highways, will you rescind President Bush’s order to allow hundreds of Mexican trucks to be driven on our U.S. highways and roads?”

Because of the structure of the debate, the candidates did not offer verbal responses to some of the questions, including Becker’s. Instead, they indicated a positive or negative response to the question by lighting up a red or green light in front of them.

Each candidate responded to Becker’s question by indicating that he would, in fact, rescind Bush’s plan to allow Mexican trucks on U.S. highways. LL