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May 13, 2014

Kingston: Reid must be ‘shut down’ in the Senate

— Jack Kingston’s goal is to help Republicans gain control of the United States Senate.

The congressman from Savannah said he would likely have an easy election if he ran again for the U.S. House, but after serving in Congress since 1993 he’s discovered a serious problem.

“One hundred eighty-one bills have passed the House — reform bills on energy, reform bills on taxes, reform bills on health care — and they are sitting at (Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid’s desk,” Kingston said. “If we’re going to change the status quo we’ve got to shut down the (leadership in the) U.S. Senate. We shut down (Democratic Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi in the House. We’ve got to shut down Harry Reid in the Senate. That’s why I’m running.”

Kingston spoke Tuesday evening at a meeting of the Whitfield County Republican Party.

He said that if elected, he has six main goals he wants to work toward. They include building a strong national defense, ensuring fiscal responsibility by cutting spending and pushing back on what he called “regulatory overreach” of business and industry by the federal government.

He said he also wants to focus on developing better sources for North American energy including building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and simplifying the tax system by switching to the “fair tax.” Kingston said he’s for “‘workfare’ over welfare,” meaning he supports laws that encourage work and discourage dependency on the government. Kingston said he signed onto a food stamp bill requiring able-bodied adults in the program to seek work if they are able to.

Kingston is one of eight candidates seeking the Republication nomination for Senate in Georgia this year for the seat held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek re-election. The others are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey; former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel; businessmen David Perdue of Macon and Eugene Yu of Augusta; Marietta attorney Art Gardner; and Derrick Grayson of Stone Mountain.

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn from Georgia, Atlanta physician Branko Radulovacki, Oglethorpe Mayor Gerald Beckum, former state senator Steen Miles and ex-U.S. Army Ranger Todd Robinson of Columbus are seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate.

The primaries are on Tuesday.

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