On Saturday, Stephen Sabludowsky, publisher of Bayoubuzz interviewed Maness during a Google hangout.
Below is the transcript and video of part one of a multi-part interview series with Maness.
In part one, Maness discussed the reasons he entered the race, the constitution and Obamacare.
SABLUDOWSKY: Today, I think we have a really terrific guest. Col. Rob Maness, Col. Rob Maness. I've got to know him. I really like this gentleman. He's also running for U.S. Senate and he's running against Mary Landrieu, primarily against Mary Landrieu and Congressman Cassidy
Good morning Colonel, how are you doing?
MANESS: I'm doing great Steve thanks for having me on, it's good to see you
SABLUDOWSKY: Yeah, look, it's my pleasure and basically what we're going to do today is going to talk about the issues about yourself. And you and I are going to disagree about some things and agree about some things and it's going to be fun.
SABLUDOWSKY: So first of all, why don't you tell us about yourself, I mean why did you decide, you retired, and why did you decide to run for U.S. Senate?
MANESS: Steve, that's a great question, I get it a lot, Steve, I wore the uniform of our country for 32 years, I fought terrorists in the skies in countries over Afghanistan, in Iraq and places like that. And I did that because I love America I love freedom and I revere our Constitution. And, I believe that America is all last great hope on earth. But you know, I am worried about the direction our country is going, I have a grandson named Kellen, He's two years old--I'm worried about the America is going to inherit. Why am I running? It's not about power, it's about Kellen--and all the Kellen's out there in America.
SABLUDOWSKY: Sure, absolutely. Now do you think that America is going downhill and if so when did it start?
MANESS: I believe it's on a policy path that's going to result in a different America of what you and I inherited from our parents and grandparents and that's my concern because the Kellens' of this world, of this America, deserve to inherit the United States of America not one that's on a policy path to something different.
SABLUDOWSKY: Okay and so when did you think it started, I mean, it just started say this last, say, this century or when you and I were born or has it been a steep decline for a while or what?
MANESS: It's a great question and I think that started some time last century I'm not sure exactly when and I don't believe it's a steep decline. But it's a decline in things like upholding our Constitution. You know we have the current president and a senator that I'm running against whom have passed laws that were unconstitutional, The Obama care act was unconstitutional according to the commerce clause and could only be constitutional by a change made by chief Justices Roberts. We all know that. That doesn't fulfill the oath that two people took the same one that I took, so it's not a steep decline is a gradual path that a lot of Americans really don't even recognize that is going to result in a US of A that's different for Kellen then it has been for you and I.
SABLUDOWSKY: You mentioned Obama care being unconstitutional, now the US Supreme Court disagrees with that although it's a slight disagreement so why don't you tell us why you feel it's unconstitutional.
MANESS: Actually the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional according to the commerce clause which is what I stated and Chief Roberts reframed the fine into a tax for the individual mandate and that's what makes it a constitutional and even that's questionable and is coming up through the courts too, whether that violates the origination clause for tax bills that are required to be originated in the House of Representatives--and we'll see what the courts say about that, so the facts are really clear that it was on unconstitutional bill when it passed and now the Supreme Court has made this decision that a lot of us still disagree with.
SABLUDOWSKY: Okay, that's fair enough, so now if you're a US senator and you want to repeal and replace, repeal? There's a lot, as I understand it, one of your opponents, Congressman Bill Cassidy has said that he wants to repeal and replace, so your position is?
MANESS: I want to repeal it, defunded, pull it out through the roots not replace it with another government health care program because I was born into government healthcare and I have managed government healthcare facilities in my career as a military officer and now I'm now a part of the VA medical system which I'm using my own insurance rather than system, it's so bad. And the VA system is held up by some folks such as Sen. Bernie Sanders as the model that Obamacare should follow and that's just atrocious.
MANESS: The bottom line is, Obamacare is destroying jobs in our state. Steve I've traveled all around state and I've talked to small business owners and restaurant owners and frontline oil and gas support company owners and fishermen and those kind of folks all over the state and they all have the same concerns and the same issues with Obama care and that's this, the job market is being destroyed by the law because these small businesses are not creating jobs they would otherwise because the new fees and taxes they can't afford a lot of them. And, they are afraid to create new jobs and they're also starting to prepare for the employer mandate we know that has not been implemented yet it has been delayed by the president to after the elections but they are still prepared for that and they're reducing the number of hours their full-time employees are working to get below the threshold and reducing and keeping the number of workers below 50. So they're not creating jobs, the're reducing hours and in many cases especially in the restaurant industry the wait staff and kitchen staff are in the economic spectrum that law was designed to help. So we need to pull it out by the roots and replace it with free market concepts, you know a well regulated free market is what has made America prosperous over the years not government programs that are trying to put a one size fits all program over all Americans, you know and they're not difficult concepts, but they are free market concepts. Insurance requirements of the individuals, the needs of the individuals should be available-- the states that control health care programs that there are any healthcare programs that the government is involved in because they're smaller and there easier to manage and they're easier to detect fraud. And we want to be able to buy insurance policies across state lines--that will in and of itself increase competition and drive prices down. And then finally we need portability, you know the insurance policy should not be tied to an employer they should be tied to the employee like a 401(k) they go with the employee when an employee leaves and employer under our system they would take their health care insurance with them and then, that would help address and actually would address the pre-existing conditions and you eventually eliminate that issue in our system.
MANESS: And that gets patients and doctors focused back on one thing-taking care of the patient and the best medical care that is available for them and gets us out of the business of spending trillions of dollars on health insurance when we could be spending it on things like medical research to find cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes and alzheimer's. You know we did before
SABLUDOWSKY: Go on please...
MANESS: We did it before, in the 1950s the experts were saying that we were going to be spending trillions on taking care of polio victims but instead of creating markets that had government price-subsidized iron lungs in the millions for the folks that lived through the polio outbreak we cured it instead and those dollars instead of being spent on those iron lungs were spent on more medical research to help cure diseases and that's what we really should be focused on
SABLUDOWSKY: Okay, just to follow up on that, in terms of polio, if I recall correctly everybody had to get a polio shot, now who paid for that? I mean, did we get to pay for it ourselves or was that something that the government subsidize or what?
MANESS: I'm not an expert on the immunization system back then but I know that I've had polio shots and everybody did get the polio shots
SABLUDOWSKY: Yea, yea
MANESS: And that did help cure the disease actually, absolutely