Haslam and Alexander make final appeal before primaries

Bill Haslam imageBy Michael Williams

With just one day before the primary elections, Gov. of Tennessee Bill Haslam and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander swept through East Tennessee where they met with voters encouraging them to get out and make their votes count.

The two politicians met with a large crowd of voters at the Sevier County Courthouse Wednesday. Numerous local and state dignitaries, including State Rep. Andrew Farmer, State Sen. Steve Southerland, and Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear, were on hand to lend their support.

Standing behind a podium, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, who is vying for another term as mayor, introduced Haslam and Alexander to a throng of enthusiastic supporters.

Haslem, who is running for a second term as governor, reminded attendees of the accomplishments of his administration.

“We have cut sales tax on groceries by 10 percent,” said Haslam. “We have eliminated the estate tax. What we are not doing is borrowing money in Tenn. We have the lowest debt per capita of any state in the union.”

Waters introduced Alexander, who is facing stiff competition from challenger Joe Carr and has shown significant strides in voter support, according to recent polls.

Alexander went on the offensive against President Obama on several issues, specifically immigration and the Affordable Care Act. Alexander chastised Obama for using executive privilege to circumvent Congress and promote his agenda.

“Our founding fathers didn’t want a king and the American people don’t want a president that acts like a king,” Alexander said to a rousing crowd of supporters. “We have a chance to gain a Republican majority on Capitol Hill and overturn Obamacare and stop the president from creating a national school board and putting the power of the school board back in local hands.”

Alexander responded to negative attack ads by Carr who has accused the senator of supporting amnesty for undocumented immigrants and gun control.

“I have an A rating from the National Rifle Association,” said Alexander. “I voted to end amnesty for illegals. Last week I flew to Washington to vote against Obama’s immigration plan.”

Following the rally, Haslam and Alexander went to Jefferson County where they met with supporters in Dandridge.

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