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Tuberville campaigns in Pell City

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Monday, former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville (R) was in Pell City meeting with members of the St. Clair County Republican Party at Market City Grill.

“11 months ago, I started with a cell phone and me,” Tuberville said. Now I have a really good team and expects to win on Tuesday. “It is kind of like a football game you have prepared for 11 months instead of a week.”

Tuberville said that when he started this his wife told him: you run don’t come home until you win. “I might have a chance to come home tomorrow.”

“They have sold us out to special interest,” Tuberville said of Congress.

On term limits, Tuberville said, “I am all for em, but it is hard to pass it.”

“We have two swamp dwellers who have had 30 years combined,” Tuberville said of his opponents (Bradley Byrne and Jeff Sessions). “Vote ’em out.”

Tuberville said that his father was career U.S. Army. He drove a tank all over Europe during World War II earning five bronze stars and a purple heart. He died of a heart attack at age 53 during a training exercise.

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“You hit the lottery if you are born in this country,” Tuberville said.

“The country has been run on auto pilot for 40 or 50 years,” Tuberville said. “We are $23 trillion in debt. We took God out of our schools and prayer out of schools. We replaced God with metal detectors.”

Tuberville said that some kids from certain religions can pray in school but other kids if they say the Lords Prayer they get kicked out of school.

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Tuberville said of the Congressional Democrats: “They fight for something and they stick to it; but the Republicans hide under the table when there is a fight.”

“The only guy we have fighting Socialism is Donald Trump,” Tuberville said. “I want to take that stick out of his hands and give him a baseball bat.”

“The one thing I am passionate about is education,” Tuberville said. “Kids are being indoctrinated in to Socialism. They don’t teach history civics or anything like that.”

“We have got a lot of problems and we need to solve them; because they are going to get tougher and tougher if we keep kicking the can down the road,” Tuberville told the crowd of sixty St. Clair County Republicans and supporters. “If we don’t change education, what we do at the election won’t matter. Look at the people behind Bernie Sanders. They are 18 to 35 year olds.”

“Tomorrow is term limit day,” Tuberville said. “I am doing pretty good in the polls because they spent $3 million against me in the last two weeks.”

“We are not taking care of our veterans,” Tuberville said. “When they come home they ought to be give a health care to go to any doctor or hospital you want to go.”

Tuberville said that the government is picking up the healthcare for illegal aliens as soon as they cross that border. Veterans should be taken care of first. “We are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide.”

“Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the big money donors but he raises big bucks and his largest contributors are the teachers unions,” Tuberville said. “I wonder why we are trending toward socialism.”

Tuberville denied being in favor of amnesty for illegals. “If you here illegally you go back across the line and have to work to get in here legally.”

Tuberville said that gun control is part of the socialist agenda, because, “When they start taking 70 to 80 percent of your tax money they don’t want you to be able to fight back.”

Tuberville emphasized his support for better mental healthcare.

“Our mental health program is go to jail and when they can’t afford you there they dump you on the street. We lost 60,000 to 70,000 people to drug overdoses and you don’t hear anybody talking about that.”

“I don’t know why you would be a teacher today,” Tuberville said. “There is no respect. You can’t flunk anybody. This country will give you everything you want if you will work for it, but people don’t want to do that and it is socialism.”\

“I am pro-Life,” Tuberville told the St. Clair County crowd. “We have killed 60 million babies in the last 45 years.”

After hearing that the Senate defeated a bill protected babies born alive in a failed abortion, Tuberville said. “We have lost common sense in this country.”

Tuberville voiced his support for Alabama’s ban on abortions without exceptions. “That is on the right track.”

When asked about Senator Doug Jones’ fundraiser in Europe, Tuberville said. “He is going over there to raise money. I go to Pell city and he goes to Spain.”

“Doug Jones most of his money comes from California he is not getting that much money from Alabama,” Tuberville continued. “When we beat him lets give him a zip code in California.”

Tuberville faces a crowded Republican primary field today. Senator Jeff Sessions, Ruth Page Nelson, Stanley Adair, Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, and State Representative Arnold Mooney are all running for the Republican nomination for Senate.

 

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Former UA president Judy Bonner endorses Jeff Sessions

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GOP Senate candidate Jeff Sessions.

Former University of Alabama President Judy Bonner has penned a letter endorsing Jeff Sessions in the race for U.S. Senate.

“During his 20 years in the Senate, Jeff worked side-by-side with our senior senator, Richard Shelby, always fighting for Alabama values and looking after Alabamians. I’m sure Senator Shelby would agree that no finer person has ever served in the U.S. Senate than Jeff Sessions. Jeff is a man with the highest degree of integrity, character and honesty. Together, they made an impressive team for our state and can do so again,” Bonner said. 

“When Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina hit Alabama in 2004 and 2005, Jeff and his wife, Mary, were literally passing water bottles out in Bayou La Batre and helping provide food and shelter to those affected throughout South Alabama. And when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010, Senator Sessions, Senator Shelby and my brother, Jo, were keeping the pressure on Ken Feinberg and BP to make sure our state was compensated,” Bonner said. 

“While in the Senate, Jeff visited every county – all 67 – at least once a year. Like Senator Shelby, he knows Alabama like the back of his hand. And when our people have needed their senator to help them cut through the bureaucracy at the VA, Social Security or one of the many other federal agencies, Senator Sessions and his team were always there for us. He knows how to represent Alabama in Washington – and serve all of us – because he has been a servant leader his entire life,” Bonner wrote.

Bonner pointed to Sessions’s ability to deliver results for Alabama immediately.

“Another important point to consider is there will come a day when Senator Shelby decides to retire. Do we want our next senior senator to have more than 20-years-experience and seniority or do we want someone who is still learning his way around the Capitol?” Bonner asked. 

Bonner concluded her letter with this note about Jeff Sessions:

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“He is Alabama through and through. I hope you will consider giving him your support and trust as well. He has never let Alabama down and he never will.”

 

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Perry Hooper endorses Tuberville

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Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., Trump National Victory committee member, formally endorsed former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate on Thursday.

“I have known Coach Tommy Tuberville since he first arrived at Auburn in 1999,” Hooper said. “Since day one when I went to watch my sons practice football, he was always talking to me about Republican Party Politics. I knew it was in his blood. Little did I know at the time, I would be joining the President in supporting him for the United States Senate.”

“Coaching football is more about leadership than X’s and O’s,” Hooper continued. “Tommy’s leadership abilities were the first thing that impressed me when we first met. He has been places recruiting that few people running for office have. He has been in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, convincing Mommas how he was going to help mold their 17 years old sons into men. He really cares about everyday people and what is best for our neighborhoods and schools. He has been a great teacher of life lessons as well as an outstanding football coach. He brought in former Auburn Linebacker Chette Williams to serve as the Auburn football team chaplain. He is a dedicated Christian and dedicated to his family which includes his former players. This is what this country needs now – leaders not career politicians.”

“Tommy Tuberville is a principled, free market conservative who has the support of President Trump and has put together a great campaign to defeat Doug Jones,” said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth PAC “President Trump’s endorsement is by far the most important endorsement a candidate can earn for a Republican Primary, and we are glad to join President Trump in supporting Tommy Tuberville.”

Club for Growth PAC has been strongly supporting Tommy Tuberville for Senate and Barry Moore and Bill Hightower in the Second and First Congressional Districts.

During these turbulent times, the President needs Tommy Tuberville on his team.,” Hooper said. “As the President stated in his endorsement “Tommy Tuberville loves his country and will never let it down”. He is 100 % behind the President and the Trump Agenda. He could easily have retired after his long successful football career, but there is one more chapter in his life – serving in the US Senate. He has been a winner on and off the football field; as Senator he will be a big win for America and Alabama.”

Hooper is a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee and a strong supporter of Auburn University athletics.

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Tuberville faces former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, July 14, in the Republican primary runoff. The winner of the Republican nomination will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Moore, Coleman campaigns spar after Roby endorses Coleman

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Barry Moore, left, and Jeff Coleman, right, are in the Republican runoff in the 2nd Congressional District.

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby on Thursday endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Barry Moore, who challenged Roby’s re-election in the 2018 Republican primary, dismissed the endorsement.

“I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said in a statement. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans. The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said in a statement: “While we appreciate Martha’s service, let’s remember that she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time–the same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain. The people of District 2 will always remember that Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most. She was the first member of Congress to draft a letter asking him to drop out of the Presidential race. That is something that we will never forget. President Trump needs our support. Can we really trust Roby/Coleman for that?”

“I am proud to be endorsed by The House Freedom Fund, the PAC of the House Freedom Caucus,” Moore continued. “The members of the Freedom Caucus are considered the President’s closest advisors in the House and they have been leading the conservative fight in Congress. The voter’s choice is the same old swamp with Coleman or Barry Moore, who is supported by the most Conservative group in Congress. I look forward to representing the people of District 2 and I am thankful for their support.”

The Coleman campaign responded to Moore’s response.

Coleman campaign manager Dalton Dismukes said, “Mr. Moore cites Representative Roby’s service as “she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time” as she served five terms. This is interesting because in the Tuesday WTVY Debate, Mr. Moore, when pressed about his support of term limits and how long he would stay went on to say he would serve “maybe 10 years–five terms” Just seems hypocritical and inconsistent.”

“Mr. Moore also cites Rep. Roby’s past with President Trump saying Rep. Roby was part of, “The same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain.” But he didn’t mention that President Trump actually endorsed Rep. Roby in 2018 when he tweeted, “I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!,” Dismukes added. “Lastly, and arguably most importantly, Mr. Moore is quoted as saying, “The people of District 2 will always remember when Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most.” Yet he is proud to be endorsed by Club for Growth who spent $7,000,000 against Trump the very same year and the very same election.”

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Club for Growth PAC is supporting Moore as well as Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville and First Congressional candidate Bill Hightower in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff.

Coleman has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorses Jeff Coleman

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Congresswoman Martha Roby endorsed Jeff Coleman for Congress Thursday. “I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans.”

She continued, “The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this strong endorsement from Representative Roby. She has been a staunch supporter of our military men and women, as well as our farmers. I am looking forward to continuing her legacy of fighting for our conservative Alabama values, protecting the family farm, and fighting to ensure our veterans and active-duty personnel have all the resources they need,” Coleman said of the endorsement.

Coleman has now been endorsed by 10 mayors, multiple business associations in the state, the U.S. Chamber, and Roby. Coleman finished the Republican Primary on March 3 with 38 percent of the vote — 18 points ahead of his closest challenger.

Coleman has never run for public office and touts a 35-year successful business career.

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