State of Tennessee Archives: on Principles & Values


Joe Carr: Endorsed by Tea Party Patriots on anti-amnesty grounds

Sen. Lamar Alexander's primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, picked up another national Tea Party endorsement Thursday, the same day he released a new statewide radio ad.

The issue at the center of both the Tea Party Patriots' endorsement and Carr's new ad is Alexander's alleged support for "amnesty" for illegal immigrants, a charge Carr has made central to his campaign.

The Tea Party Patriots endorsement praised Carr as a "genuine leader" in the fight against illegal immigration, criticizing Alexander for being one of the 14 Republicans to vote for the reform bill that passed the Senate last year.

"Joe wants to preserve American sovereignty; Lamar Alexander's policies are producing a human wave of criminality and disease on the Rio Grande," the group's chairwoman said. Carr's radio ad also hits Alexander on his support for the immigration measure, charging that the senator "voted with Democrats to pass a bill creating a border crisis by giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Jul 10, 2014

Lamar Alexander: Declined to debate in Republican primary

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr, Alexander's Republican primary challenger, has a new radio ad that hits Alexander on his support for the immigration measure, charging that the senator "voted with Democrats to pass a bill creating a border crisis by giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens." The 60-second spot attacks Alexander for refusing to accept Carr's invitation to debate the issues, saying the senator would rather have voters read his website.

"Lamar's website doesn't tell you a lot of things," Carr says in the radio ad. Carr led the charge for stricter immigration laws in the Tennessee Legislature and believes the focus on immigration reform could pay off for him in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Source: The Hill weblog AdWatch on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Jul 10, 2014

Bill Haslam: Tennessee--America at Its Best: we are a model to the nation

I want to take you back 50 years to 1963. Merritt Potter, a Kingsport realtor, entered a contest to come up with a slogan to promote Tennessee. He won, and the prize was a $21,000 savings bond. A bill was introduced in the General Assembly to adopt it as the state's official slogan. It passed and was signed into law.

Fifty years later, Merritt Potter's words are still our state's official slogan, and they still are true: "Tennessee--America at Its Best." Today in Tennessee we are more than a slogan. We think we are a model to the nation in so many ways.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Tennessee legislature Feb 3, 2014

Al Gore: Take your souls to the polls

I feel it coming. I feel a message from this gathering that on Tuesday we’re going to carry Tennessee, and Memphis is going to lead the way. I feel it coming. I believe that on Tuesday morning, very early, before the sun rises, in congregations all across Memphis, you’re going to be saying, ‘Wake up, it’s time to take your souls to the polls!’
Source: Speech in Tennessee Nov 4, 2000

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