Lisa De Pasquale

“Chancho. When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun.” -- Jack Black in Nacho Libre (or pretty much any other line from that movie).

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?

Perhaps Ghostbusters, where New York City was saved from destruction by entrepreneurs who ran a small business, and whose efforts were stymied at every turn by a small-minded bureaucrat from the EPA.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

My husband is the anti-hoarder, so I can’t really hold on to anything that doesn’t serve a specific purpose.

5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

“Parenthood,” “Falling Skies.”

6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?

A dollhouse from my parents.

7. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

Pearl Jam, in the nosebleed seats, with my high school friends.

8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?

When my father dropped me off for my first day of college, he told me, “Mia, your mother and I have never taken a handout. You will not be burden to society. You will give back.” His advice has stuck with me, and I try and live by it every day.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?

Democrats: “We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel

Republicans: “We built this city” by Starship

10. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Masten. He always saw my potential even when I didn’t.

11. What would you like tomorrow's news headline to say?

“U.S. Retires Entire National Debt and Unemployment Drops Below 1%” Alternately, “Jim Matheson and Barack Obama Decide Not to Seek Re-election”

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

I’ve been involved in politics on a local level for nearly a decade on the city council and as mayor. I decided to throw my hat in the ring for Congress because the American Dream is under threat for my children, primarily because of the federal government’s recklessness. I am a product of the American Dream. My parents came here with nothing and made a better life for themselves and their children. With $16 trillion in debt looming over their heads and a federal government that stifles innovation and entrepreneurship, I am concerned that my kids will not have the same opportunities I have had. I feel I have a moral obligation to do what I can to get our country back on the right track.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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