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August 16, 2016

One would think that skilled politicians could handle a novice politician, but their option is to run away from him when pressed to confront hard questions and pledge to protect American business from foreign courts. That didn't stop Terry McIntosh from serving Sen. McConnell with his pledge challenge to protect American business and American sovereignty.

McIntosh is an independent write-in candidate for Congress in Kentucky's First District. He attended a Chamber of Commerce - hosted public policy luncheon on Aug. 15 in Paducah, KY that featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as speaker. His speech centered around past accomplishments and admission that he had worked with Obama on the Trans-Pacific trade deal, but then denounced most of the Obama policies.

Republican congressional nominee James Comer was introduced to the audience as the obvious "next congressman" that McConnell looks forward to working with.

"What the senator failed to mention," McIntosh says, "is that he and the party funded all of the Obama policies. In my world, if you fund it, you own it. Action speaks louder than words."

McIntosh greeted Mr. Comer after he worked the crowd. The two opponents shook hands and started off friendly enough until McIntosh offered Comer a second chance to sign his pledge to protect American sovereignty against big-business foreign trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Comer previously refused to sign it during the Fancy Farm KY political event a week earlier. His assistant interjected herself into the conversation saying, "No. We won't talk in front of the camera. We have to go." And out the door they went in a rush even as McIntosh agreed not to record the conversation. Mrs. McIntosh was holding her phone camera in hand, and it spooked them, according to McIntosh.

"It was astounding to witness how fast they moved when I broached the issue with Mr. Comer," McIntosh said. "Politicians apparently don't want to be held accountable when they are saying one thing but planning to do another."

Sen. McConnell is on record in support of the TPP. Due to unpopular blow-back, he has stepped back now saying that although he worked with President Obama on it, it will not pass as it is. He leaves the door open, however, to a Republican President passing it, or a similar bill, within the next few years.

That's the problem according to McIntosh. He says that McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and nominee Comer all support big-business takeover with rules and courts that usurp the US Constitution. "We already have international trade. If a business wants to deal with foreign entities, they can do that. This is about placing Americans on a level playing field with foreigners, they call that "fair" to Americans, and making American business accountable to foreign entities. It is about Congress deciding what rules we live under. The Constitution is the only rule I choose to live under. If they get a chance, I believe they will sell us out with the stroke of a pen. Liberties lost may never be regained."

"Generally speaking, politicians are experts at manipulating the constituency with misleading statements. No matter what they say, no matter what excuse is offered, no matter what private vow is made, if they won't make a public pledge regarding what they will or will not do regarding policy, they are hiding something. A concerned citizen should always ask, and stick with it, why not make a public declaration about this? Don't trust any excuse. Make the representative accountable."

McIntosh introduced himself to the senator as a concerned citizen, and to be fair, explained that he is also the write-in candidate running against his party's nominee. Sen. McConnell willingly engaged McIntosh and attempted to appease him by saying that McIntosh "should be happy. It (the TPP proposal) won't pass like it is."

McIntosh pressed in to get the senator's position on protecting American business from lawsuits and foreign courts, and that's when the senator broke off the conversation and walked away.

"He said that it depended on the final agreement. His answer skates the question. It is one way to avoid being on record for it. The senator did not say that he is against it. What's so hard about that unless one is in favor of it," McIntosh asks.

McConnell's assistant accepted the McIntosh pledge challenge on behalf of the senator. It can be reviewed at the McIntosh campaign website

McIntosh concludes by saying, "This is not a vain exercise. It is making politicians accountable for what they really think and how they will really vote after Nov. 8th. To think that ignoring the issue will keep them safe is doing just the opposite. Failure to pledge to protect America first is a negative response. It says all one needs to hear. They can shut me up about this by going on public record by signature or video if they will agree to protect Americans as outlined in the 8-point pledge. It is theirs to do or not do. Refusal to make a public pledge to voters is a resounding "no," and voter beware. They will likely sign away your right to choose what rules you live under."

This press release is paid for and approved by Terry McIntosh, PO Box 766, Paducah, KY 42002

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