SEAN HANNITY: What do you attribute this big win tonight to?
DAVE BRAT , REPUBLICAN NOMINEE for VA-7: It’s pretty much been in my stump speech, and it basically just lays out… If you go door to door knocking, the American people know this country is headed in the wrong direction: the debt, the deficits, the economic growth is terrible. The regulatory burden is terrible. And the representation in D.C. won’t address those major issues. And so, I think the people are ready for some major changes in this country, and it’s a miracle. First of all, I attribute it to God. I’m really humbled and thankful – I’m a believer and so I’m humbled that God gave us this win.
BRAT: I ran on Republican principles. We have this Republican creed in Virginia and the only problem with the Republican principles is no one is following them.
The first one is commitment to free markets. We don’t have any free markets in this country any more. Then equal treatment under the law, fiscal responsibility, constitutional adherence, peace through strong defense and faith in god and strong moral fiber. That’s what I ran on: The Republican creed. But the press is just always out there to have these exciting stories to sell papers, and the people actually do care about policy. When you’re serious… I give 30 minute stump speeches on policy, and the press made fun of me. They said ‘these aren’t good stump speeches. You’re talking serious issues.’ Well, the American people are ready for serious issues.
BRAT: Some of this goes back to constitutional principles, and everybody wants the federal government to solve every problem in their life. So part of the issue is, on some of these issues, we’ve got to look at these issues in the mirror. The cultural issues, that’s not due to politicians. Our educational system, everyone thinks can be solved with spending infinite money on it, a lot of it just comes down to personal responsibility and discipline. And our test scores, we’re at the bottom of some of the OECD countries on math and science scores right now, and we’re competing with the rest of the world. So we have to do better and our kids test scores right now that's our future economy in 20 years. So fundamentals matter and everybody knows we're off track so this country has got to turn around and, you know, I’m with Reagan I’m optimistic always what the American people can do, but we got to take the shackles off the regulatory burden, something like $2 trillion out of the $17 trillion economy, and get rid of that you can unleash the American people and they are ready to roll.
The Republican party has been paying too much attention to Wall Street and not enough to Main Street. The American people want to take the country back and what motivated the race for me was after the financial circumstance we had Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac] collapse. I thought surely our political leaders, we're on our knees economically, we'll learn some lessons and get it right and they didn't. We're still roughly in the same mess.
HANNITY: How big an issue do you think the immigration issue was in this campaign?
BRAT: Well, I think it's big. It’s the most symbolic issue that captures the differences between myself and Eric Cantor in this race, but it also captures that fissure between main street and Wall Street. You ask yourself why are the Republicans doing this. Why are they so intent on this immigration reform and there's no answer that really makes logical sense. Right? It’s clear they are doing it for the chamber of commerce and they want cheap labor and expanded workforce and whatever. That’s going to lower wages for everybody else. And, you know, I teach third world economic development and, you know, my intent -- if you really want to help these folks, everyone wants to come to this country because we're rich and the reason we're rich is because we have a very firm rule of law and protection of property rights. If you want to help the rest of the world you need to encourage free markets, private property rights and strong rule of law and get rid of the dictators in a lot of these countries. If we do that -- those are just fundamental simple ideas and, we did that after World War II with Japan and Germany, we built them up, we trade together and everybody is rich. It works out well. It’s a win-win. Clearly we cannot import 7 billion people on the planet into the United States of America. It's a nonstarter.