"The biggest thing that we can do in the federal or state government is create an environment where we can put people back to work. If we go and we get folks back to work that means we've got taxpayers and that's something that is very huge because the more people paying into the system, the longer it goes. What we've got going on in Illinois right now is a pretty scary situation. We were just downgraded yesterday with the outlook being negative, we're second behind California and they have a positive outlook, we have negative. So, it's about the environment, allowing companies like Caterpillar who want to grow in Illinois, to give them the environment of which they're not seeing right now, so that's very very important."
"Social security is a solemn promise that we've made to our seniors and we've, the seniors that are currently beneficiaries of social security, they've paid into it over the course of their careers. I've paid into it since I started working at a very young age. And we need to make sure that it's financially sound, but we also have to make sure that it's there for the current generation that's a recipient of it, for my generation, my kids' generation and my grandkids' generation."