Matheson, a six-term incumbent who currently represents the second congressional district, will face of against Love in the newly created fourth congressional district in what is beginning to look like one of the hottest 2012 House races.
In addition to being mayor of Saratoga Springs, Love is married with three children. Her children, not a desire to be in the limelight, serve as the inspiration for her for her political aspirations, love told conservative bloggers at a private breakfast Thursday morning.
Love said how much younger generations, including her children, will be expected to contribute to the national debt is of great concern to her.
“Someone’s going to have to pay for it,” she said.
Because of the national debt, young Americans will have fewer opportunities available to them in the future, which she described as heartbreaking.
“We have got to do something about it [the debt]. It is not OK,” she said, telling the story of an innocent little girl who drew her a picture of rainbows and hearts who has “no idea” yet that she won’t be able to achieve her dreams.
In order to change the bleak future facing America’s youth, Love says we need to get them as many tools as we possibly can to succeed in life and encourage them to get involved in politics “instead of leaving [the country] in the hands of people who are already saying, ‘You have to pay for my life.’ “
One way to convince young people to become less apathetic to politics is to make a moral case that the government is currently “stealing from the future to pay for the present,” she says, pointing out that facts and figures are not enough.
Love tries to help communicate this message by reaching out to conservative bloggers and staying involved active on twitter through her personal account (@MiaBLove). Though, she said she prefers to read other users tweets to tweeting because she feels like everything she says comes off as bragging.
“It’s against my nature!” she cried to laughter, saying still makes her husband look at her tweets to make sure they don’t come off the wrong way.
But don’t expect the Utahan to ever wade into the Brigham Young University (BYU) and University of Utah (Utah) rivalry. Love, who attended college at the University of Hartford, in Hartford, Conn., says she has no dog in that fight, despite being a Morman, and roots for whichever team is playing.
When they are both playing?
“I’ve stayed out of that,” she joked. “It’s all Utah.”