By Michael Williams
Sen. Lamar Alexander met with constituents at the Sevierville Civic Center Thursday to drum up support for the upcoming senatorial election. He faces attorney Gordon Ball.
Although seeking re-election, Alexander is actively campaigning for other Republicans in hopes of gaining control of the Senate and leading the charge in reforming the government.
“If Republicans win it will give us a chance to repeal Obamacare with something that represents freedom of choice,” said Alexander.
He acknowledged that repealing the Affordable Care Act will be an uphill battle, but said there are alternatives that would make health care more affordable with less government involvement. Alexander supports repealing the medical device tax and allowing employers to sell insurance to their employees. He has long supported allowing consumers to purchase insurance over state lines which increases marketplace competitiveness.
The senator wasted no time in attacking political rival, Ball, who has received an F rating by the National Rifle Association for his stance on supporting new gun restrictions. Alexander has been endorsed by the NRA.
He told the audience that he has long been pro-life and received endorsements from the National Right to Life. Conversely, Ball is pro-choice and a champion of abortion rights.
Alexander said he defends Tennessee’s right to work laws and shuns labor unions while Ball has received endorsements from unions such as the AFL-CIO.
The senator is proposing making drastic cuts in the federal deficit by reducing entitlement spending to the tune of $1 trillion. He criticized Ball who wants to raise payroll taxes, thus potentially hindering job creation in the private sector.
“We need to lead our country in a new direction,” said Alexander. “My opponent would be one more vote for Obama.”
Alexander chided Ball for being a “cut and paste” candidate who has cut excerpts from Elizabeth Warren’s speeches and pasted them to his own website.
Republicans control the House but must pick up six seats to gain control of the Senate. Early voting begins in two weeks.