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PowerPlayer: Republican Senate Candidate Barry Hinckley

Monday, April 16, 2012


This week’s PowerPlayer is Republican Senate candidate Barry Hinckley. Mr. Hinckley was kind enough to chat with GoLocalProv about his campaign and his vision for the future of Rhode Island and the country.

1) This is your first attempt at running for Congress. Tell us what made you decide to get into politics after spending your career in the private sector.

As an entrepreneur, I'm used to solving problems - of which Rhode Island has many. Most importantly, our heavily indebted, taxed and regulated economy doesn't create enough jobs. I spent a career creating high paying, career building jobs. Rhode Island needs that experience now. As a parent, it is obvious to me that the state and the country our children are inheriting will have higher debts and fewer opportunities. I know with my skills and experience I can help change course and set a path for our children toward a life of opportunity, rather than a life spent paying back our debts.

2) What are the three biggest issues plaguing Rhode Island today?

Only three? We have the Nation's 2nd Highest Unemployment which is a symptom of the most anti-business climate in America -- CNBC rates us 50th in business-friendliness. We have high taxes and crushing regulations, coupled with out-of-control budgets and staggering debt. We've seen the consequences of this in our fiscally insolvent cities and towns. We also have an overwhelming progressive majority in the State House, and our all-progressive, far-left congressional delegation means that people who caused the mess will continue to hold sway until the voters say, "enough is enough".

3) Take us through a day in your life.

I have a simple formula every day. I wake up and do good things with good people and do that over and over again. It works. Here's what my days look like:

Weekdays, wake up at 6:00 AM, coffee and head to Force Newport Crossfit training with a ton of Navy folks. Often do a radio spot somewhere between 7:20 and 9AM . 8:30 AM, drive kids to school at least 2-3 days a week. Head to Warwick HQ. Spend tons of time on phone with supporters. Meet with team on strategy and scheduling. Usually have a lunch meeting with supporters. 6-9 PM, generally have an event somewhere in RI meeting voters and discussing ways to get our economy going again. Usually get home around 9:30. Read for 30 minutes. Wake up, rise / repeat.

Weekends. Try to spend as much time with Sasha and Hudson as possible. It often involves bringing them on the campaign trail with me, which has been a great experience for all of us.

4) You've described yourself as a "Liberty Republican." Tell us what that means.

I believe in the power of individual liberty over collectivism. Collectivism has continually failed in countries around the world by removing individual incentive and treating humans as part of a machine. In America, we became great because of our unique ability to unleash the power of individual freedom, not because we thought the government was the answer to all of our problems. Liberty Republicans believe that more individual freedom, and much less centralized government planning, will lead to greater prosperity for all parts of society. Think more freedom, less government.

5) Tell us something nobody knows about you:

I grew up with Pat Dempsey (Mc Dreamy).

Quick Hitters

Role Model: my Dad

Favorite Restaurant: Norey’s Newport.

Best Beach: Sakonnet Point

Best Book You've Read in the Last Year: Unbroken

Advice for the Next Barry Hinckley: If life is a poem, what will they read at your funeral?


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