Charles Koch & The Republican Candidates

Charles Koch, a well-known American businessman, spoke in-depth about the Republican side of the presidential race this past Friday during a rare interview. Koch is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Koch Industries, a multinational corporation. Recently, Charles was estimated to have a net worth of $44.3 billion, due to his intelligent investments and management of the family business. He is also known for his influence in American politics, where he contributes large sums of money to various Republican candidates in the running for the presidency.

During Koch’s interview with the Financial Times, Charles expressed his disappointment with the Republican presidential hopefuls (though still admitted to spending approximately $900 million in support and endorsements), citing the fact that many of the country’s most urgent concerns were not being addressed by the candidates.

Fundamentally, Koch seemed to disagree with the warmongering viewpoints that both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz carry in their campaigns. While both of these candidates call for increased national security—Trump calling for more extreme measures by requiring Muslims to register with the government and Cruz demanding overseas bombing on ISIS—Koch insists that less war is better for the US.

After studying revolutionaries such as Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, and William Gladstone, a British politician against political patronage and trade tariffs, Charles Koch stated that less war and more intelligent strategies were necessary in the United States’ international battles. However, Republican candidates did not seem to agree—even after Koch gave candidates a list of issues he wanted addressed. While Charles was not entirely pleased that his political power may have slightly declined, he was still satisfied in the US market-based system and was determined to keep industries from becoming nationalized.

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