State Senator Chris McDaniel said that he will stand with Mike Lee and Ted Cruz if elected to the U.S. Senate. He unequivocally stated that he is against compromise and will reject the defeatism of the “old guard” establishment Republicans. Siting a great battle of ideas between conservatives and progressives, he drew a line and promised to fight against those who want to change the country.
Taking hits from the Sen. Cochran campaign for leaving the state of Mississippi for a campaign stop in Kentucky, McDaniel spoke to the FreePAC crowd and emphasized that his campaign is part of a larger movement, an apparent reference to the Tea Party and the wave of conservatism that has supplanted many incumbent Republicans over the last 4 years.
FreedomWorks is often associated with the Tea Party movement and claims to represent 6 million Americans. They stand for three common traits: a desire for less government, lower taxes, and more economic freedom. Perhaps FreedomWorks’ most famous board member is Steve Forbes who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for President in 1996 and 2000 on a platform of a flat tax, medical savings accounts, fixing Social Security, term limits, and a strong national defense.
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The Miss. Republican Party has authorized 4 candidates to run for the 4th Congressional District. The little known Tom Carter from Carriere, Miss. is a businessman and SAIC executive (federal contractor). His views as indicated on his campaign website:
- Economy: The role of government is to foster an environment conducive to business. He will use “tax relief to help Americans keep more of what they earn.”
- Government Spending: Staunchly opposed to increasing national debt and the endless debt limit increases. Advocates a balanced budget with priorities in national defense and protection of Social Security and Medicare.
- Tax Reform: Advocates simplifying the tax code and reduce the high level of taxation.
- Obamacare: Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare. Against “fixing;” the law must be killed.
- Traditional Values: Opposed to abortion and believes marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. “However, I support the free rights of all men and women to make decisions that may be contrary to my core beliefs and values with their lives, and I will respect the law of the land.”
Paul Gallo interviewed Carter on SuperTalk Mississippi on March 24th (7:34 AM). During the interview, Carter said that is his first run for public office which is an outpouring of his sense of civic duty. His principled character, dedication to his core and family values, and experience as a businessman separate him from the other candidates. Carter is for term limits since career politicians lose a connection to their constituents and the understanding of the impact of their policies. He said he would not vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.
Gallo pressed Carter on how he would work with regard to party politics and obtaining committee positions that could provide the necessary power to influence things (such as the C-130s moving from Keesler AFB). After Gallo replayed a segment of Gene Taylor’s March 11th interview taking credit for Katrina Relief, Carter said that connections (as his with the Secretary of the Air Force) are part of business and negotiations.
When asked about how to keep the casino industry, which is a big employer on the Gulf Coast, Carter stated that he did not support the casinos and he is not interested in growing the industry but would continue to utilize them as they exist as an economic tool.
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