Friday, May 9, 2014
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U.S. Rep Jack Kingston, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks to diners during a campaign stop at Harvest Moon restaurant on Friday. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — Jack Kingston, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, made a campaign stop Friday at Harvest Moon restaurant on Dawson Road and took the opportunity to discuss his conservative background.
“My voting record is the most conservative in the U.S. House,” Kingston said. “I’m rated A+ by the National Rifle Association, Sean Hannity and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
Kingston said his record indicates he does vote far right on major issues. He said he’s strong on national defense, favors approval of the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone Pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska for the jobs he expects it to create, he’s anti-abortion and has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, he says.
“We absolutely have to change the status quo in Washington,” Kingston said. “We need fiscal responsibility. I’ve been on the defense committee and represented five of our eight military installations. I have a strong record in job creation, and I’ve been working for the deepening of the Savannah river. There’ 352,000 jobs related to that.”
As a part of his fiscal plan, Kingston says he also wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace it with the FairTax plan — essentially a national sales tax.
“I’m the guy for Southwest Georgia,” Kingston said. “I’m the only one who can get to Booger Bottom without a map. I’m the one who’s worked for agriculture and I have a strong business background. I’m a good fit for southwest Georgia.”
Kingston said he has in-laws in nearby Sumter County who he and his wife visit frequently.
“If I’m elected, you’ll see me again. I’m not just going to pass through town,” Kingston said.