I recently interviewed Lewis to learn more about his campaign plans. He said: “I’m thinking about it. I’m running around the state in a testing mode right now. There is a massive overreach of government from Washington to St. Paul. There is a great silent majority out there that I will speak to and energize. Plus, this will be an off-year election, which is always more favorable to the party out of power. Just a few years ago, we had a Republican House and Senate and governor in the state of Minnesota. I think 2014 is going to be a good year for Republicans.”
Jason added: “Franken is extremely vulnerable on things like war because independent voters are tired of Obama’s ‘War Inc.’ First, Franken was for military action, especially in Iraq; then, he was against it for the 2008 election; then in favor of Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan and Libya. He also sided with the president on the Patriot Act renewal and drone killings. Furthermore, he’s vulnerable on medical device taxes (he has flip-flopped multiple times for and against taxes on the medical device industry, which is very strong in Minnesota).”
4. Jason has a high name ID and will raise cash
As an author (Power Divided is Power Checked) and a nationally syndicated talk radio host, Jason Lewis has built a loyal following of conservative, libertarian and moderate voters in Minnesota who are attracted to his rational voice and clear solutions to complex economic and social issues.
Lewis has over 60 affiliate radio stations across the country and in 2011 he was named one of "The Heavy Hundred" most important talk radio show hosts in the nation by Talkers Magazine. Although he would take a break from doing his talk show to run his campaign, Lewis’ fans around the country have already expressed their support for his run, including promises to donate their time and money.
Lewis estimates that he will need to raise between $11 and $12 million to compete with Franken, who he thinks will try to raise around $15 million.
Here is something worth smiling about: When Lewis replaces Franken in the U.S. Senate, ‘Minnesota Nice’ will return to Washington.