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Senate candidate visits Pulaski

In his final swing through the state prior to next Tuesday’s general election, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gilmore visited Pulaski’s Republican Party headquarters yesterday to rally his supporters.
“Polls say I’m going to get clocked in this race – that I can’t win in Virginia – but I just don’t see that,” the former Virginia governor told a couple dozen people who stopped by for Gilmore’s visit.
Gilmore’s opponent is former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
“I’m everywhere all the time, and I’m not just talking to our Republican brothers and sisters,” Gilmore continued. “I talk to regular citizens who have no connection to what the party is doing.”
“And, I tell you, the citizens are very comfortable with our campaign — my campaign and John McCain’s campaign,” Gilmore told the group. McCain is the Republican presidential candidate.
Gilmore said he has never seen “this level of intensity and commitment” to the GOP.
He said Warner has made a concerted effort to split the Republican Party since Warner began his career.
However, Gilmore said, the GOP is “making great progress out there.”
“Keep your chin up, we’re going to win this thing…We’re going to win this election,” Gilmore told the crowd. He said keeping the issues up front is a key to victory.
Several weeks ago, Gilmore said, the key issue of importance to the state’s citizens was the high gas prices. Now that the prices have dropped, Gilmore said the overall economic picture has become the major issue.
However, he said, the fact that gas prices have dropped does not negate the need to develop an energy plan with renewable resources and alternatives. Plus, he said, drilling in the United States is a necessity to give Main Street America hope of reduced and stable gas prices.
“We have to drill in Alaska, and we have to drill off-shore,” he added.
Gilmore said he has tried to figure out where Warner stands on off-shore drilling, but the Democratic candidate has “shifted several times.”
Gilmore said Warner first called off-shore drilling a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem. “Then he said we’ll drill off shore, but all we’ll do is explore. That doesn’t make any sense,” Gilmore told those attending yesterday’s rally.
Gilmore said another issue is the recent Wall Street bailout. He said he opposed the bailout while Warner supported it.
Gilmore said he wasn’t for “sitting around and doing nothing,” but he couldn’t support using billions of taxpayer dollars to “bail out the high rollers over on Wall Street.”
Also, Gilmore called for support of Virginia’s right to work laws and charged that Warner intends to support a bill that will “undermine” that law by supporting elimination of secret ballots for labor unions.
“We’re at a pivotal time here now, and I think this is probably the most important election of my lifetime,” Gilmore added.
He said he always thought the most important election he would ever see was the Nixon-Humphrey election in 1968, “but this election is much more pivotal. The people are ready for a change, and they’re going to make a change. Let’s just be sure it’s not that change.”
He called for “responsible, respectable change,” not a “violent lurch.”
Gilmore said Warner is always commenting that he “gets results.” He said history is full of people who got results, “but a lot of those results we didn’t like.”
Gilmore said it is time to “keep our values intact and do the right thing.”
He charged that Warner made a statement in 1994 that the Virginia Republican Party is being taken over by “the right-to-lifers, the home schoolers, the Christian coalition and the members of the NRA (National Rifle Association)” and that each of those groups’ views “threaten what it is to be an American.”
Gilmore says Warner denied having made the statement prior to being elected governor of Virginia, but he later admitted it after a tape recording of the comment emerged. However, Gilmore said Warner never admitted having told the media he didn’t make the comment.
“This is what this race is about in the U.S. Senate, and a lot of people out there don’t know how they’re going to vote in the Senate race,” Gilmore told the group. He said it is time for the GOP to be the leader and to speak to the undecided voters to direct them to the proper vote.
“I’m very optimistic about this race,” Gilmore added. “I’m seeing it, and I’m hearing it…Stick with us in all of this, and we’ll have a great picture this coming Tuesday,” he concluded.

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Senate candidate visits Pulaski

In his final swing through the state prior to next Tuesday’s general election, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gilmore visited Pulaski’s Republican Party headquarters yesterday to rally his supporters.
“Polls say I’m going to get clocked in this race – that I can’t win in Virginia – but I just don’t see that,” the former Virginia governor told a couple dozen people who stopped by for Gilmore’s visit.
Gilmore’s opponent is former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
“I’m everywhere all the time, and I’m not just talking to our Republican brothers and sisters,” Gilmore continued. “I talk to regular citizens who have no connection to what the party is doing.”
“And, I tell you, the citizens are very comfortable with our campaign — my campaign and John McCain’s campaign,” Gilmore told the group. McCain is the Republican presidential candidate.
Gilmore said he has never seen “this level of intensity and commitment” to the GOP.
He said Warner has made a concerted effort to split the Republican Party since Warner began his career.
However, Gilmore said, the GOP is “making great progress out there.”
“Keep your chin up, we’re going to win this thing…We’re going to win this election,” Gilmore told the crowd. He said keeping the issues up front is a key to victory.
Several weeks ago, Gilmore said, the key issue of importance to the state’s citizens was the high gas prices. Now that the prices have dropped, Gilmore said the overall economic picture has become the major issue.
However, he said, the fact that gas prices have dropped does not negate the need to develop an energy plan with renewable resources and alternatives. Plus, he said, drilling in the United States is a necessity to give Main Street America hope of reduced and stable gas prices.
“We have to drill in Alaska, and we have to drill off-shore,” he added.
Gilmore said he has tried to figure out where Warner stands on off-shore drilling, but the Democratic candidate has “shifted several times.”
Gilmore said Warner first called off-shore drilling a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem. “Then he said we’ll drill off shore, but all we’ll do is explore. That doesn’t make any sense,” Gilmore told those attending yesterday’s rally.
Gilmore said another issue is the recent Wall Street bailout. He said he opposed the bailout while Warner supported it.
Gilmore said he wasn’t for “sitting around and doing nothing,” but he couldn’t support using billions of taxpayer dollars to “bail out the high rollers over on Wall Street.”
Also, Gilmore called for support of Virginia’s right to work laws and charged that Warner intends to support a bill that will “undermine” that law by supporting elimination of secret ballots for labor unions.
“We’re at a pivotal time here now, and I think this is probably the most important election of my lifetime,” Gilmore added.
He said he always thought the most important election he would ever see was the Nixon-Humphrey election in 1968, “but this election is much more pivotal. The people are ready for a change, and they’re going to make a change. Let’s just be sure it’s not that change.”
He called for “responsible, respectable change,” not a “violent lurch.”
Gilmore said Warner is always commenting that he “gets results.” He said history is full of people who got results, “but a lot of those results we didn’t like.”
Gilmore said it is time to “keep our values intact and do the right thing.”
He charged that Warner made a statement in 1994 that the Virginia Republican Party is being taken over by “the right-to-lifers, the home schoolers, the Christian coalition and the members of the NRA (National Rifle Association)” and that each of those groups’ views “threaten what it is to be an American.”
Gilmore says Warner denied having made the statement prior to being elected governor of Virginia, but he later admitted it after a tape recording of the comment emerged. However, Gilmore said Warner never admitted having told the media he didn’t make the comment.
“This is what this race is about in the U.S. Senate, and a lot of people out there don’t know how they’re going to vote in the Senate race,” Gilmore told the group. He said it is time for the GOP to be the leader and to speak to the undecided voters to direct them to the proper vote.
“I’m very optimistic about this race,” Gilmore added. “I’m seeing it, and I’m hearing it…Stick with us in all of this, and we’ll have a great picture this coming Tuesday,” he concluded.

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