|Presidential hopeful stops in Gering|
|October 06, 2011 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen John Davis has been on the road since Jan. 10 talking with people in every county in America as he makes a run to be the next President of the United States.
John Davis Jr., the 54-year-old owner of a construction company in Grand Junction, Colo., was in Gering Monday to announce he was running for president in the 2012 election.
Davis made a brief stop at the North Platte Valley Museum in Gering and said it was time for “common sense government.” He’s traveling the country in a 43-foot motor home along with his wife and a full time driver. Davis said he intends to stop in all 3,143 counties in America. So far, he’s about a third of the way there, with stops in 1,267 counties.
“I didn’t decide I wanted to do this,” Davis said. “God spoke to my heart about a year-and-a-half ago, so I knew what I had to do. I can’t explain it any better than that.”
Davis, a self-employed homebuilder for the past 35 years, has never been in politics before. “I wanted to do something no one has done before in visiting every county in the country,” he said. ‘What I’d want from a presidential candidate is that he’d come to my county and speak, where I could ask him a question and shake his hand. That would mean the most to me.”
Davis said he wanted to visit every county because all the people are important, not just the ones in the big cities where most of the votes come from.
“Thousands of people are telling me they want someone with business experience,” he said. “They don’t want a career politician. And I believe I do have a shot at this. I don’t see anybody out there right now the people want.”
Davis said he plans to outline everything he’s do as president. One of his major proposals is to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and replace it with a simple fair tax.
“We need a leader with a backbone and someone who isn’t afraid of tough love,” Davis said. “The next president will be very well liked if he brings this country back to greatness.”
Other items Davis supports includes a balanced budget amendment, term limits for all elected officials, upholding the Constitution of the United States, less government, and border control, which includes work visas and citizenship for law abiding aliens.
Davis said he also believes America should stop supporting dictators, reduce its military presence around the world and bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“For inspiration, I think of George Washington,” Davis said. “He didn’t want to be president; he wanted to serve his country. It’s not that I want to be president. I want to serve my country.”
He added the toughest part of the journey is leaving his home and family. “I never would have done anything like this on my own. God’s given me the boldness to go out and speak to people, and that’s a miracle already.”
Davis started his bus tour on Jan. 10 in Grand Junction. Then his first stop was in Gainsville, Texas in Seminole County. Since then, he’s covered much of the south and all of Florida. By the middle of November, he will have visited about half of the nation’s counties.
“The people are crying out for less government, less regulation, fewer taxes,” he said. “The government is putting a lot of small businesses out of business. Regulations over the past three years have forced more than 1,000 smaller banks to close. But they’ve bailed out every big bank there is. What’s fair about that?”