National security Kingston’s top priority

by Wes Mayer

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Rep. Jack Kingston spoke in front of the Coweta County Republican Party meeting Saturday. 


Congressman Jack Kingston spoke at the Coweta County Republican Party meeting on Saturday. Kingston, who will be running for U.S. Senate in the upcoming election, introduced himself, his values and his viewpoints to the attendees of the meeting at the Golden Corral on Bullsboro Drive. Around 30 members of the Coweta Republican Party, along with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia’s third district, were present.

Kingston spoke on issues most important to him — national security and job growth. Kingston described being raised by a frugal father and idealistic mother and how he was influenced in becoming a Republican who cuts expenses, promotes new and better ideas, and listens to the public.

“I learned that good ideas will always work,” Kingston said. “If you work hard, remember who you were sent by and what you were sent to do, you will succeed. Once you forget your constituents, you’re done.”

Local Republicans asked Kingston about his vision for being a member of the Senate. Kingston offered his position on jobs and the military. As a Senator, Kingston said he plans to work with the governor and other Republicans to correct the problems hampering job growth, but noted national security was his number one issue.

“I want us to never fight a fair fight,” Kingston said. “I want our troops to have the best weapons and equipment available. We should be able to kill a fly with five sledgehammers and have our troops come home safely.”

Kingston said he believes in creating a successful defensive nuclear deterrent, but adds the way to obtain peace is through strength. Kingston also said the U.S. should continue competing with China and build economic bridges with our supportive countries.

Kingston said the Al Sharptons of the world have been profiling Republicans as racists, and, over time, Republicans have started viewing themselves this way. Kingston hopes to change this.

A member of the Coweta Republicans asked the Senate hopeful if he would be able to promote instant rebuttals by House Speaker John Boehner to Democratic proposals in Congress. Kingston agreed that was a much-needed policy.

“A lie unchallenged becomes the truth,” Kingston said.

To explain his viewpoint on jobs, Kingston talked about two working women he admires. The first was an elderly woman who worked at the same Dairy Queen all of her life. The woman did not have a high income, but she was devoted to her job. Another lady whom Kingston met at a Walmart told him she worked there part time as a second job. She explained her husband was disabled and she needed the position to pay the bills.

Kingston explained that he admired these women for their work ethic, but noted the current government is only assisting those unemployed. He said with programs like the Georgia Food Stamp Program, our government has encouraged Americans not to work. Instead, the government should be encouraging Americans to continue working by providing assistance to both the unemployed and employed.

Kingston concluded with his fears of Georgia not being as “red” as it once was, because Governor Nathan Deal and presidential nominee Mitt Romney only won the Georgia popular vote by 53 percent.

Kingston served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1984 to 1993, and he has been the United States Representative for the First Congressional District of Georgia since 1993. He currently serves on the State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Subcommittee, the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Appropriations Committee.



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