Congressional Candidate Answers Your Questions Live

Temecula Patch is scheduled to interview Republican candidate


Clayton Thibodeau, a candidate for the U.S. Congress, will be answering questions live on Temecula Patch.
The live stream is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and we're looking for your questions.

So, if you have something to ask, leave your question below in the comments section, and we'll ask him as many as we can while streaming the interview on Temecula Patch live.

Thibodeau is a 51-year-old third-generation Southern Californian from French Valley. He's married with two daughters, has master's degrees in business administration and education and is a "regular church goer."

RELATED: Click on the YouTube video above to see why Thibodeau wants you to vote for him.

Among Thibodeau's goals if elected is to increase energy production in the U.S., keep the military well equipped and trained and to conduct monthly town hall meetings so he can report the activities of congress to local residents, according to his website.

He is running to represent .

tifeni April 11, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Mr. Thibodeau: Since you reside in San Diego County, and your business is there, how do you plan on really knowing what your constitutients need and want? Even though you were from French Valley, you are not a resident there now, or even one of Riverside County. And what about the rest of the 42nd district, like Murrieta, Wildomar, Corona, Norco, Woodcrest, Romoland,Nuevo, Canyon Lake, Lake Elisinore,Eastville,Lake Matthews....are we somehow not included in your definition of the 42nd district?
tifeni April 11, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Here's another question for you, Mr. Thibodeau: I listened to your video comments here on the Patch and you made statement that you were planning on telling Washington DC that if they don't want guns on the streets, they had better listen up...so......Are you implying that all of us loyal Americans are violent and will start toting our guns against our government....I personally beg to differ....Intelligent Americans can speak out without implying or threatening violence, if they're voice is not heard? I guess we to watch your comments carefully so you don't get the honest citizens of integrity in trouble....
DM April 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Mr. Thibodeau, after visiting your website, I get the feeling that even though you want us to exploit our own oil reserves to help us be energy independent, that you want more Green energy also. Is that correct?
gvni April 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
My questions to your Mr. Thibodeau are: how can you help the 42nd district attain more jobs for everyone as well as transitioning adults such as teens in high school? What can you do to provide that demographic with the tools, knowledge to better prepare them for life after high school. Overall, what are your goals for teens other than sending them to uncle sam?
Diana Serafin April 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Tifeni - Federal candidates are not required to live where they run for office. mary Bono does not even live in the state, Allen West and Michelle Bachman do not live in their districts. There are 8 congressional reps in the state of Maryland that do not live in their district. We want a candidate who knows the constitution (not just learning it), and upholds it.
Jane Lauhon April 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I think the more important question is will you work hard to de-fund and, eventually, get rid of obamacare, if it is allowed to stand as is? Also, when a bill comes to you for consideration, will you consider the Constitutionality of said bill?
tifeni April 12, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Diane: Well of course this is just my opinion, but some of the reasons we are in this state of affairs in our country, is because those who represent us don't live where their constituents live....perhaps then they would have a better handle on what the people really want. Kids can learn about the Constitution, it's only 34 pages...it does not necessarily mean they will be living their lives according to its mandates...did I somehow offend YOU by asking Mr. Thibodeau some questions? I was under the impression that was one of the reasons he was doing this live stream interview...How could I ever know how he feels about various issues, if I don't ask !
Jane Lauhon April 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
You state on your website that you will spearhead efforts to return power to the states and to the people. The states should reject anymore Federal monies for education, energy, environmental programs, highways and etc. Do you agree that, as long as the states accept Federal monies, it is tantamount to blackmail by the Feds? If the states don't want to do something the Feds want them to do, the Feds will, and have in the past, threaten to withhold funding for different programs. If States are to maintain their sovereignty, they need to be free to make their own decisions on what is best for them; not rely on the Federal Government to make those decisions for the States. Would your effort to return power to the states include educating the governors and other leaders of their respective states about the powers they have over the Federal Government and the nullification process? It appears to me that many of the State's leaders have no clue as to what their powers are and what State sovereignty means.
Francis Burns April 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Mr. Thibodeau, I feel the Federal Reserve Banking system adversely affects citizens because the frequent artificial supply of money inflates prices of common goods, devalues the dollar and facilitates debt for corporate, military and social welfare. This latter point thereby increases our enormous debt and saddles the taxpayers with a needless burden. Do you agree or disagree with my assessment? If you agree, please explain what you plan to do about the Federal Reserve Banking system in the short and long terms. If you disagree, please explain why? Sincerely, Francis Burns Murrieta
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Candidates do not define Districts, California's Secretary of State does. I believe Mr. Surowski said "includes French Valley, De Luz, Wine Country and parts of Winchester," because these are the areas of the New 42nd District which are also covered by the TemeculaPatch. Presently I manage a Mobile Home Park in El Cajon, which is owned and operated by a gentleman who resides in Temecula. As such, when you elect me to serve the 42nd District, I will return to live, once again, in South-West Riverside. If you are familiar with the concept of "going where the work is," then you will also understand why I was compelled to moved from Riverside to San Diego a year and a half ago. As for knowing the wants and needs of the constituents of South-West Riverside, I still consider myself to be one. Visit my website www.claytonthibodeau.com and discover My Deep Roots in Riverside and the many critical issues I seek to address in Washington. Remember too that I was in Riverside when the I-15 was constructed; when Murrieta's first shopping center was built; and when Riverside's tap water was first listed as the 5th worst county water in the nation. I was in Riverside when the I-215 was constructed; when Winchester's first housing tract was built; and when Riverside property values plummeted. I challenge any of my oponents to a public debate to discuss the issues important to our constituents, and let's see who really knows what is needed and wanted! Candidate, Clayton Thibodeau
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Did I say "toting our guns against the government?" No! Please consider for a moment what would happen if those of us who can see the potential dangers ahead, remain silent and unwilling to speak up to warn the others. The violence we are seeing in connection with the Occupy Walls Street movement and the Travon Martin case are exactly the kinds of violence I was warning about in 2010 when the aforementioned video was made. I could see it coming then and I see more of it in our future, if goverment continues to ignore the will of the people. In other words, I did not imply or threaten violence, I warned that it was coming. Tuens out that I was right. Candidate, Clayton Thibodeau
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 04:20 AM
The biggest obstacle to Green Energy production is the same obstacle preventing us from achieving energy independence, and that obstacle is the Federal Government. Energy, in all its forms, is the key to jobs, national security and a robust economy. When government gets out of the way, the private market place will explore and expand energy production in all its many forms.
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Creating jobs in the 42nd District, is like creating jobs everywhere else in the nation: reduce government regulation and government involvement in the free market, and jobs and economic growth are the direct result. This is how I will help the 42nd District attain more jobs for everyone. The best thing a Representative in Congress can do to assist teens in high school, is to get the federal government out of eduction. The needs of students in Riverside are similar to the needs of students in other counties throughout the nation, but the needs are not exactly the same. The federal government is not capable of creating differing standards and differing employment development programs in different parts of the nation. By getting Washington out of education, California and Riverside will be more able to assist our teens in transitioning to the job market. As you may be aware, education is important to me, this is why I earned a Master's Degree in education. Today's teens are tomorrow's future, and my goals for teens include: (10 getting the federal government out of education; (2) getting the federal government out of dictating to States what they must teach; and (3) and restoring the responsibility and power of educating America's youth back to the States and to our Local Communities.
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Absolutely, I will read every bill and demand its Consitionality. And yes, I oppose government controlled healthcare.
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
You may be right that some of the reasons we are in this state of affairs in our country, is because those who represent us don't live where thier constituents live. But this characterization does not actually apply to me, so the point and argument are mute. I have lived in the District many years of my life and will again when elected. Having said this, I believe the predominant reason we are in the state of affairs we are in, is because we elect representatives: (1) who do not honor their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution; and (2) who care more about their own power and wealth than they care about the future of America and its Citizens.
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Challenging question. I am not certain that time will permit me to conduct such an endeavour, though I will give it some consideration. What I can promise with certainty is that I will not wait for the leadership of the 50 States to take action on their own behalf. Rather, I will work from Washington to restore those powers and responsibilities back to the States, which the Federal Government has wrongly usurped.
Clayton Thibodeau April 15, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Complex question requiring an equally complex answer. As I am limited in space, I will respond in brief terms. I agree that the Federal Reserve system is adverse to the interests of U.S. Citizens. In the short term, I will seek to compel an audit of the Federal Reserve. While the long term may be impacted by the findings of an audit, I can say this much at least with respect to long term plans: the Federal Government must reclaim its Constitutional power and authority over the currency of the United States.
DM April 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thank you, Mr. Thibodeau for answering my question about green energy. Yes, I to agree that the Federal government is intrusive in many areas of our lives where they do not belong. Having said that, is there any way that you could encourage green reusable energy production in the future? Free enterprise does a great job, but maybe some tax breaks to help them get started might help. Your opinion please.


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