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Ramsey: Blackburn strong on conservative principles

Ron Ramsey, Special to the Johnson City Press • Sep 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

November’s Senate election presents a clear choice between the candidates, their vision for the state, and the direction of our country for generations to come. It matters who governs, and that’s why I am whole heartedly supporting Marsha Blackburn for Senate.

You will not find someone more committed to conservative principles than Marsha Blackburn, and that is something that we all need to keep in mind as we near November. When Marsha was in the state Senate, she led the fight against the imposition of the state income tax. That’s a tremendous part of the reason, we’re consistently ranked a better state to live and work — higher than all of our neighboring states.

The Democrats will try to get in our way as they push forward an idea of who Phil Bredesen is — but voters will see past his false promises that he will be a moderate voice in the Senate. Let me be very clear: a vote for Phil Bredesen is a vote for Chuck Schumer for majority leader. It is a vote to make Elizabeth Warren the Finance chair. It is a vote to make Dianne Feinstein the Judiciary chair. It is a vote to make Bernie Sanders the Budget chair. And it is a vote to remove Lamar Alexander as HELP Committee chair and replace him with Patty Murray, who supports government controlled healthcare.

It is also a question of Supreme Court justices and federal judges. Marsha will always support constitutionalist judges who will not legislate from the bench, but Chuck Schumer personally recruited Phil Bredesen and his allies have already committed millions of dollars to elect Bredesen. They will call in their chips during the confirmation process, and Bredesen will answer by opposing the president’s good nominee.

Do not buy Bredesen’s false promises to be a moderate. He will not support the president, and he will not put your best interests before those of the national Democratic Party.

He’s asking you to look back to his service as governor to convince you to vote for him. Look across the state line to Virginia at Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. They were considered moderate governors; they ran just as Bredesen is now — promising to work across the aisle — but think about how they have represented Virginia in the Senate. Tim Kaine has run so far to the left he became Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

We cannot let our next senator go down the same path. We need a senator who will always stand firm on the values we share and who will always do what’s best for Tennessee families. You can count on Marsha Blackburn. I am.

We saw the blue wave come crashing through Virginia last year, but we cannot allow that to happen here in Tennessee. As Marsha says, we have to make sure that blue wave stops, when it reaches the Tennessee state line. That requires all of us standing together — knocking on doors, making phone calls, talking with neighbors, family and friends, and most importantly, getting out the vote in November.

Marsha Blackburn will serve us well in the Senate, but it is incumbent on us to send her there. I urge you to join me in this effort.

Ron Ramsey of Blountville is the former lieutenant governor of Tennessee and speaker of the state Senate, having served in the roll from 2007 to 2017. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992 and the state Senate in 1996.


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