Aaron Schock on Principles & Values
Aaron went on to become state representative at age 23--again making him the youngest member of that body. After two very effective terms as a state representative he decided to run for Congress in 2008 after moderate Republican Ray LaHood announced his retirement.
Schock went on to win nearly 60% of the vote in a 3-way race. And once again he was the youngest member--this time of the United States House of Representatives.
In the current elections, voters are yearning for real change. the Republican Party can offer that change from within our Party and win again, or continue on a path of being the same old, same old and lose again.
The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."
Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.
What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.
Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.
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