August 22, 2013

Kingston focusing on economy, national security

Charles Oliver

— If you want to see why the economic recovery has been so weak, turn your eyes towards Washington, says U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah.

“We are being dragged down because of over reach by the (Environmental Protection Agency) and nanny state regulations on all fronts,” said Kingston.

Kingston, who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by fellow Republican Saxby Chambliss, stopped in Dalton Wednesday to meet with local business leaders.

“Obamacare and all the uncertainty around it is weighing heavily on the economy,” he said. “I spoke to several business leaders today who said, ‘We don’t know what impact it will have on Jan. 1 (when many of the law’s provisions take effect) because we can’t get a straight answer from the federal government.”

Forbes magazine, citing a report by the Congressional Research Service, found that the federal government has missed half of the deadlines so far for implementing parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In addition to the economy, Kingston said national security will be a major issue in the campaign. He expressed concern about recent reports on how the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting information on Americans.

“We face such instability around the world, with Iran pursuing nuclear capabilities and North Korea working in that area, and of course, the violence in Syria and Afghanistan,” he said. “But you have the NSA tracking your telephone calls rather than putting its resources into finding the guys who want to blow up buildings. We are going to have to deal with that.”

Kingston is one of seven candidates who have said they will seek the Republican nomination for Senate in 2014. The others are fellow U.S. representatives Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, businessmen David Perdue of Macon and Eugene Yu of Augusta, and Derrick Grayson of Stone Mountain.

Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn, Atlanta physician Branko Radulovacki and ex-U.S. Army Ranger Todd Robinson of Columbus are seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate.