Welcome back to Five Questions!
Today, meet Dan Innis, Republican candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D). Innis is a first-time candidate with a background in business and marketing who is hoping to upset former congressman Frank Guinta in the Republican primary.
As an openly gay Republican candidate for Congress, Innis is not your typical GOP contender. He insists that his focus is on the country's fiscal health, and he is stressing his experience outside government. Guinta's a known quantity in the district, but a well-heeled super PAC supporting Innis could make things interesting.
Below is our Five Questions segment in video form, along with a transcript of the discussion, edited for brevity.
1. You've taught marketing in your career. What percentage of politics would you say is all about the marketing?
Ninety-nine percent of politics is about marketing. That's a joke. I think it's like anything -- you've got to get the message out. And there certainly is a marketing element to that. A lot of it is about marketing. But you've got to have the right product, meaning the right ideas and the right approach, if you're going to succeed.
2. Do you think the 2016 Republican nominee for president will support gay marriage?
I believe this won't be an issue in America much longer. And I suppose you can take that to say that I believe the next Republican president will go along with that and be supportive. I think so. I think society is moving that way.
3. As a student, you worked on a golf course. What's your handicap? And would you play with President Obama?
I would absolutely play golf with the president. My handicap was around 15. I worked in maintenance, not as a caddie. There's a reason.
4. You got your Ph.D from Ohio State. How far will the Buckeyes make it in the NCAA men's basketball tournament?
I hate to say this to my Buckeye friends, but I have them going out in the second round.
5. What lesson from business school would you love to teach Washington politicians?
That it's always about the customer. And for the politicians in Washington, the constituent.