Saturday, U.S. Senate candidate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) said that the people of Alabama expect its Senator to defend Alabama values in the Senate.
Sessions made those comments addressing the Mid-Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills on Saturday.
“A Senate seat is a very important thing,” Sessions told the MARC members.
“The people of Alabama expect us to defend their values,” Sessions. “One year I spoke on the floor more than Harry Reid” (who was then the majority leader).
“You don’t want a potted plant,” Sessions said referring to incumbent Doug Jones (D). “He defended Nancy Pelosi. He wants to call the same witnesses that Chuck Schumer does. He is not one of us. He is one of them.”
Sessions was there with his wife Mary. Together they started the first Republican club in the history of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, when they were sophomore students there.
They now have ten grandchildren. The oldest is 11 and the youngest is 3.
“When Mary and I started we hardly had any office holders now we have every statewide office – but one,” Sessions stated. “I believe in the Republican Party I have fought for it my entire life.”
Sessions credited one of his teachers for sharing National Review with him at an early age.
“Mr. Buckley you washed my brain when I was in high school,” Sessions said he told the late William F. Buckley.
Sessions is a former U.S. Attorney, former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Reagan nominee to the federal judiciary, Trump Attorney General, and Senator from 1997 to 2017.
“The previous Administration was doing things that were not right,” Sessions said. “Murders jumped 12 percent the last year of the Obama Administration.”
Sessions said that the attacks on police from the administration and in some cases from their own city governments were responsible for the crime surge. Sessions said that he was proud to be part of a pushback against that as AG.
“We can have a working Republican majority for a decade and maybe two decades.” Sessions said if the party will listen the new people that Trump brought into the party in 2016 and not listen as much too Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
“The median income is $55,000,” Trump said. “They have not had a pay raise in 20 years,”
Sessions said that in the Senate he helped defeat three different amnesty plans.
“We are for immigration,” Sessions said but it has to be done the right way. One point one million people every year come here legally and get a green card. That is more than any other nation in the world.
Sessions said that he helped defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“The Sultan of Brunei had the same vote as the President of the United States,” Sessions said of the TPP. “That bill has not seen the light of day.”
Sessions defended Pres. Trump’s decision to order the killing of Iranian Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
“Soleimani has been the big guy for a long time and everybody knew it,” Sessions said of the Iranian General’s role in Middle Eastern terrorism. “Iran was known to be the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
Sessions urged a less interventionist foreign policy.
“We can not take over these countries and run these countries,” Sessions said. “We do not accept people attacking and killing our people; but at the same time we don’t need to take over and run these other countries with tens of millions of people. It is not good for them and it is not good for us.”
“Now we are energy independent,” Sessions added. “We don’t have to worry about Iranian oil it can sit in the ground as far as I am concerned.”
Sessions condemned the recent impeachment of Pres. Trump.
“It is an abuse of the impeachment power,” Sessions said.
Sessions called it, “A point of darkness in the history of the House.”
“The Senate shall conduct the trial not the House,” Sessions said.
Sessions said that the Senate leadership should tell Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, “You have no power here.”
Sessions said that the Democrats have investigated President Trump and have not found a single crime.
“They turned over every rock and have not found a single crime,” Sessions said. “Obstruction of Congress? The Congress obstructs the President every day.”
Sessions slammed the far left.
“They don’t even believe in right and wrong or objective truth,” Sessions said. “They don’t believe in tradition or law and order.” “They don’t believe in free speech.”
The Republican Primary is March 3.