Tuesday Republican U.S. Senate candidates Arnold Mooney and Bradley Byrne addressed the Elmore County Republican Party at a forum in Wetumpka.
State Representative Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, was concerned about what legacy will we will leave our children and grandchildren and expressed concerns that they may not experience the same freedoms that we have enjoyed.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that we need a Senator who will fight for President Donald Trump and his policies.
“We need people who are not bashful for speaking up for the things we believe in,” Byrne said.
Byrne said that he has voted with the President over 97 percent of the time. The few times that he has disagreed with the administration are over some of the spending bills. Byrne expressed concerns about the national debt.
“It is very easy to support a man who does what he says he will do,” Mooney said of his support for Trump. “We have got to deal with the debt, it is going to destroy us if we don’t.”
Mooney said that we have got to defend the Constitution and fight for basic constitutional rights.
“We have the strongest economy we have ever had,” Mooney said. We have got to cut the programs we don’t need, entitlements. “Healthcare should be between a patient and a doctor.”
Byrne said, “70 percent of federal spending is in stuff that Congress didn’t even look at, mandator spending: welfare, Medicaid, and supplemental housing assistance.” If they, welfare recipients, don’t work they shouldn’t get the money. To get government assistance you should work or at least try to work.
“There are still pockets in this state where there are Democrats in elected office where we should have Republicans,” Byrne said.
“The Alabama Republican Party is the strongest Republican Party in the nation. Groups like this are growing across the state,” Mooney said.
“God put us on this continent for a reason,” Mooney said. “It wasn’t an accident. We didn’t get the Constitution that we got by accident.”
“I am excited to see more and more people joining the Republican party in this state,” Mooney saod.
“We need to give Doug Jones a new zip code” Mooney said.
Byrne said that growing up we were taught that when you see a wrong you right it and to fear God. “I see a group in Washington that don’t share the same values that you or I do.”
Byrne said that we need a Senator who is, “A fighter who will stand up to the squad and say they are proud to be from Alabama. There are too many people up there, in Washington, will go along to get along. I am here tonight because I want your vote.”
Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Ruth Page Nelson, Stanley Adair, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville are also running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on March 3.