Bob Rackleff recently appeared on WFLA’s (100.7 FM) Morning Show with Preston Scott to speak about his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Florida’s second district, which spans 19 counties from Panama City to Crystal River.
Rackleff previously served as a speechwriter for the Obama administration and has also served as a Leon County Commissioner.
Rackleff said he is running because he is “distressed by the direction the country has taken.” Rackleff said he wants to strengthen social programs and to reclaim the congressional seat for the Democrats.
The seat is currently held by Republican Neal Dunn, who was elected in 2016.
Rackleff emphasized his alignment with the Democratic party, particularly with the Obama administration, and applauded the party’s position on climate change and veteran policies.
Rackleff did not speak favorably of Trump’s presidency, which received 66% of the vote in congressional district two. He argued Trump’s success in the district was due to the lack of robust economic recovery in North Florida since the Great Recession.
Rackleff applauded the Obama administration’s response to the 2008 recession and noted the consistent job increases throughout his presidency.
Rackleff said the main issues he hears about on the campaign trail involves veteran affairs and healthcare.
“What I hear from everybody is the importance of healthcare and affordable healthcare,” said Rackleff. He views the Veterans Affairs healthcare system as successful, especially in contrast to the private healthcare system.
Rackleff’s said he favors rolling back the 21% corporate tax cut. He argues that the money saved from the cut is not being used wisely and does not contribute to job growth.