* Republican US Senate nominee Jim Oberweis…
“When I first ran, which was 12 years ago, I was very green,” he told your shorter columnist during the visit. “I had no idea about how to run a campaign, and I made plenty of mistakes. Certainly the ads that we ran on illegal immigration. While the point of the seriousness of the issue was correct, the ads that we ran were very bad and did not communicate the issue very well.”
He also copped to having “made plenty of mistakes in business” over the years.
But here’s the key: “As I’ve made those mistakes in business, I’ve learned and I’ve certainly done a better job in growing our businesses with experience.”
Contrast that to Bruce Rauner’s claim that he’s been successful at everything he’s ever done.
* More from Oberweis…
Oberweis said his views have changed slightly on children brought here by illegal immigrant parents.
“Those kids should be given a path to citizenship. I don’t believe that in this country we believe in punishing kids for the sins of their parents,” he said. “The parents, however, who broke the law and entered the country illegally, should not be given a path to citizenship, they should not be given amnesty. If they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and follow the rules like anybody else.
“But we don’t want to break up families. So I believe they should be issued a nonimmigrant visa that would allow them to work, to pay taxes, to return to their homes and come back again. But no amnesty and if they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and go to the back of the line.”
* The Question: Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as _____ is to _____?