Oak Grove students quiz Gene Taylor on social, political issues
support the funding cuts to the IRS?"
"What has to happen in
Congress for accountability?"
"How do you think
Mississippi will be affected with Obama raising minimum wage?"
Jerri Whitecotton's history
class arrived to school fully prepared on Tuesday morning, ready to ask Congressional
Candidate Gene Taylor a range of questions.
"I heard a great question
on stem-cell research from a young person who struck me as being pro-life, but
also saw some potential for that, and "'is there a way we can do it without
The young man who raised
the question to Taylor is Paul Lee, a senior interested in studying pre-med at
The University of Mississippi.
"He actually explained to
us his view rather than telling us yes or no and how he can change it," Lee
The discussion of gay
marriage was also a hot topic in Tuesday's discussion.
"As a congressman, I voted
to define that's a bond between a man and a woman," Taylor said.
Seven on Your Side also
asked him about his thoughts on Yemen. According to a report published by the New
York Times, American drones and Yemeni counterterrorism forces killed more than
three dozen militants linked to al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen over the weekend.
A handful of those killed were innocent civilians.
"I do know that, hopefully,
that is being done just to target terrorists around the world. It probably, I
would say, it's safe to say it has saved some lives. It has certainly saved
some American lives, so it's easier than sending troops in some of those
places," Taylor said.
He added that drone
strikes are a slippery slope, and that the U.S. needs to be very careful when
going down that road. He also talked about one major issue the State of Mississippi
faces, and that's the economy. He said if he makes it to D.C. after the primary
on June 3, he hopes to help boost Mississippi's economy. Issues discussed also
ranged from war, to NASA re-authorization, to raising the minimum wage rates in