tv Interview with Representative Neal Dunn CSPAN May 22, 2017 9:50am-10:11am EDT
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>> guest: i was a surgeon in panama city doing your logical surgery, and i've been doing that for 25 years or so. >> host: and what was your practice, and why did you decide to go to panama be city to open it? >> guest: oh, is pan that city, my wife and i chose that after careful thought when i got out of the army back in 990. we wanted to go to a place that was friendly to the military, ask you remember -- and you remember that the country hasn't always been friendly to veterans. it is thousand. but in that area around bay county, all along the gulf coast of florida has always been very, very friendly to veterans of all sorts. and so we felt immediately at home in panama city there. >> host: and before you left the military, you were a doctor in the military -- >> guest: yes, that's right. >> host: tell us about your military career. >> guest: that is actually fun. i went straight into the military right out of medical school and served this a number of different places around the
world and had a chance to do a lot of different types of surgery. settled, ultimately, on doing kidneys, bladders, prostate, a lot of kidney stones, a lot of prostate cancer and became, that became sort of my specialty. and then when the berlin wall fell, they called all of the surgeons in, and they said, go home, find a job. the war is over. and, of course, it was for six months only. [laughter] then went online in kuwait. by then i was ensconced this panama city and had a lot of new friends, and we've been -- we had a great time raising our three sons there. they're all grown and gone now. we have grandchildren. >> host: well, you rose in the ranks when you were in the army. >> guest: i did. the medical corps is a little different. you start out as a captain right out of medical school, and then they tend to bonus the doctors instead of prohot them rapidly, they -- promote them rapidly. so i got out as a major.
>> host: you also spent some time here in washington before -- >> guest: yeah. >> host: -- coming here now as a fresh han in the house of representatives. what were you doing? >> guest: i was in my residency at walter reed medical center. hi wife -- well, i met her while i was doing my residency. she was working as a contractor for the government, so it was fun. she had a very military background as well, so we kind of clicked, and one thing led to another, and here we are 35 years later -- >> host: and how many kids? >> guest: three children and three grandchildren. >> host: and you are from a military family as well. >> guest: i am. >> host: what did your dad -- did your mom serve as wellsome. >> guest: no, just dad. my father did, her father did and one of our sons. so we're, you know, the children of military ousts and proud -- ourselves and proud parents of a military officer. >> host: what was your life like with a father that served in the military? >> guest: so we traveled a great deal, and it was not painful because we thought everybody did it, you know? we just ought, oh, sure, every
year here we go. we had foot lockers back then. you didn't have cardboard boxes, and we knew where everything went every years just pack them up and move to the next station, wherever it was. it was fun. every military family's like that. we -- it was a very outgoing community. we sort of had to be, you know? new people every year, so you had to introduce yourself, get out and meet them, and we had a chance to go all over the world. we were stationed in asia, southeast asia during the war. so, i mean, and my wife was too. she has had, did three years this bangkok. >> host: did your life growing up in the military, you serving in the military as well, do you think that is what inspired you to run for a seat in the house? >> guest: it certainly was part of it. and the reason really wasn't because i had been in the military, but it was because i understood what was happening to our military. you know, our military has been gutted by this sequester which we ended just yesterday or the
day before. it was great. the sequester has really hurt the military. we have hollowed out the military to aning incredible degree. and i hear people sometimes they don't really appreciate that, but they need to get, to understand how much we have shorted them. and we need to rebuild them. i believe in peace, but i believe this peace through strength. we need to do some work there. >> host: that's one of your legislative priorities. and what else do you want to accomplish? >> guest: and it's popular in the district, everybody wants to see the military rebuilt. the other thing i heard on the campaign during the course of a year or more was consistently we need to repeal and replace obamacare. it is braching the backs of every -- breaking the backs of every business. you're actually only covering about 7% of the population with this insurance, but you're pushing the cost out onto everybody, and it's just unsupportable. so everybody wanted that gone. that was a big thing. and, of course, that was something i felt in medicine. we try to solve those problems
back in my practice at home, but we couldn't do it. the problems aren't there in panama city, they're up here this washington. and the other thing that we hear again and again is just the regulations, you know? we've got to get this economy going, get the regulations off my back. you know, the popular refrain was everything you got in washington, i want less of it. and so that, i thought that was, you know, something we could do. and we can, we can make the economy grow. you remember when the economy was growing at 7 and 8%. i tell that to my children, they don't believe me. it never was that good. yeah, it was that good. we were retiring the debt. we actually took in more money than we spent as a government. shocking. we can get there again. >> host: what has surprised you about washington? >> guest: i think it's a little bit jarring to see the, some of the negotiation take place only in the process like two people as close as you and i in a room might not be able to communicate, but they can go out
and give a press conference about each other minutes later. that's a little surprising. i'll tell you the other thing that's surprising, this city's full of a lot of good people, and that isn't always evident when you're 1,000 miles away from washington or rome, as we call it. [laughter] you don't know until you get up here. there's a lot of great people, really well-meaning people, serious, intelligent. the gridlock is disconcerting, though, when you're out in the provinces. >> host: what committees are you serving on? >> guest: ag, science and v.a. which actually work out very well for my district. it's just perfect. we have a very agrarian, rural population are. 19 counties. there's great people, but they're thin on the ground. and a lot of farms. a lot of forestry. so agriculture's perfect for that. the v.a., there's a huge number of veterans in the district. we have about 75,000 veterans. this is not just the active duty, that's veterans in the
district. so one in ten people in the district veterans. and it's very, very popular, the military, throughout. and so we get a chance to work with the military as well both through the veterans things and on the science committee which is very rewarding. >> host: why is it that this area of florida attracts active, has active and veterans? >> guest: it's always been friendly to the military, and i think a lot of the farmers and a lot of the rural folks will send their daughters and sons off to the military for a while. they'll do four years, six years, and they come pack home. come back home. and, obviously, they have others that put in whole careers and come back home. so it's really, it's a great culture of, you know, support our troops out there in every corner of those 19 counties. >> host: the second district of florida. explain where that is for our viewers. >> guest: panama city beach in the extreme west all the way around the bend of florida to to
ocala, so it's 300 miles of coastline as the crow flies. in all those 19 counties down along the water there and a few more up against the georgia/alabama border which are, again, very rural, agrarian kind of counties. great folks. >> host: i asked you what surprised you about washington. what's your least part of this new job? >> guest: just the enormous amount of travel back and forth. when i need to go to the district, i may actually fly to orlando, which is closer to the the -- [inaudible] of my district than where i live. fly to orlando, tampa or jacksonville just to drive into my district and kind of work on that's end of the district. >> host: and the hours? >> guest: the hours are amazing. amazingly long. i thought as a busy surgeon you could not be any busier than i was. i was wrong. yeah, i was wrong. >> host: when you're working, how many hours out here? >> guest: ing i have not added it up.
hi wife works harder than i worked as a surgeon. it's a lot of time. you can do -- there's more things than you can do, and i think at some point you have to say, all right, there's only 24 hours this a day, set aside sick for sleep. [laughter] >> host: congressman neal dunn, thank you very much for talking to us and telling our viewers a little bit about yourself. >> guest: thank you, greta. >> tonight on "the communicators," terrell mcsweeny of the federal trade commission talks about key issues facing the internet including the recent malware cyber attack on some 150 countries, internet security, privacy and regulations.
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