Keyes talked about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and what it means, and also told students there are two ways to look at politics – caring about yourself and your wants, or caring about others.
After his remarks, Keyes answered several questions from the students about topics like the economic stimulus plan, abortion, health care reform, and same sex marriage.
Talking about the stimulus, Keyes said there has never been a government spending project that stimulated the economy, and criticized the stimulus plans for spending money he thinks the government doesn’t have.
When asked about same-sex marriage, Keyes commented that a marriage is an obligation to have children, and stated that same-sex marriage would be like “wooden iron.”
Near the end of his time at the school, Keyes said he had “no plans” to run for president again, although he claimed he hadn’t planned to run last year, either. He said running for president was like “walking through hot coals.”
Health care reform, Keyes argued, would “enslave” health care workers, including doctors, because, he said, a right to health care would create an obligation on their part.
Keyes later commented on the how responsive the students were.
“In every instance including the troubled youths, I found an attentive disciplined audience that listened and then asked intelligent questions more than I have seen some of the biggest and best known cities and places in all the United States,” Keyes said. ?“You should be proud of your teachers, your students.”
Keyes was also the featured speaker for a rally that night at the Fairgrounds Convention Center for U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Johnson.