Greene County

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rallies local Republicans

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Federal and state Republican leaders were in Greeneville, Tenn. on Friday night to get party members excited about this year's voting season.

The event was held at the General Morgan Inn and featured an all-star line up.

Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee joined U.S. Representative Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.,  at the podium to tell fellow Republicans how they plan to change America.

"Standing for a government that pushes more power back to the local communities and away from Washington," Huckabee said.

He also took the chance to criticize President Barack Obama on his State of the Union Address.

"This is a president who said in the State of the Union, 'We're a mess,'" said  Huckabee.

Huckabee told us that President Obama has focused too much on expanding unemployment benefits instead of creating jobs. Congressman Roe agrees.

"I don't think you'll ever recreate the middle class until you bring manufacturing back into this country," said Roe.

He told us that in order for President Obama to do that, we need to expand domestic energy sources.

"Sign to open the Canadian boarder to the Keystone Pipeline," said congressman Roe. "It will create thousands of jobs and will make us more secure as a nation."

Congressman Roe told us he doesn't agree with President Obama's idea that raising the minimum wage will boost the economy.

The President said in his State of the Union speech that he would use an executive order to raise the minimum wage if it's necessary.

Sen. Lamar Alexander told us that despite party differences, there is room to work together with Democrats.

"We did on student loans, we're doing it on the Farm Bill to work together but they also expect us to repair the damage from Obamacare, fix the debt, stop the trend toward a national school board," said Senator Alexander.

Senator Alexander told us that jobs and education will be the key issues this session.    

Both Congressman Roe and Senator Alexander are up for re-election this year. We asked Huckabee if he plans to run for president in 2016 but he says he hasn't made up his mind yet.

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