Senate candidate Kelvin King visits LaGrange – LaGrange Daily News

Republican US Senate candidate Kelvin King, his wife Janelle King and political director Riley Geary visited Ye Olde Red Door Antiques on East Lafayette Square on Sunday.

A handful of people gathered to hear Kelvin speak and ask him questions.

The visit was part of King’s “Uncancel America” ​​tour, in which he plans to visit all 159 counties in Georgia.

King has said he is ready to defeat current Senator Raphael Warnock next year.

“We have to get the majority back in our US Senate,” he said. ” This is not a joke ; it is a critical moment in the history of our nation.

King said the theme of his campaign is to protect and preserve the American Dream, which he says is under attack.

“We all have our own unique take on what the American Dream is, but I think it’s based on three principles,” he said. “I call it American freedom, opportunity and exceptionalism, being essentially proud of America. … America has been through adversity, and we are going to overcome that too because people are standing up to help us through this terrible situation in the history of our country, how divided we are, but these are the three principles that we “I have to make sure we focus on, and I think those are three principles that can unite the Republican Party.”

King said he was very pro-economy and “pro-America first”. He said he believed in free market principles, lower taxes and limited government.

“I think these articles will help us recover our economy because at the moment paying so people don’t work is not helping,” he said. “It doesn’t work. That’s the whole wrong message. These are the wrong actions and messages, it makes people dependent on the government.… It hurts small businesses, labor is hard to find there. moment in small business, and that’s just not OK.

King said his second priority after strengthening the economy was to prioritize national defense.

“The military is a matter of good order and discipline, not conforming to all of the broad cultures of members who enter the military,” he said. “… People should conform to the military lifestyle and be proud of our military. That’s what our army is. This is how we maintain a strong army. I think we are going in the wrong direction when it comes to this.

King said border security is part of national security and “we need to know who is entering and leaving our country.”

In addition, he said the country should protect ex-combatants when they leave the military, which he says helps recruiting.

King said his third part of the platform protects constitutional rights, which he says are under attack by “culture cancellation.”

“We feel like we can’t even say anything anymore without being labeled swear words – ‘racist’ or whatever you want to call it – just for standing up, for hoisting the flag,” he said. declared. “… The Biden administration and Big Tech are in collusion right now. It is not good to censor conservative voices.

He said the theme of his “Uncancel America” ​​tour was a reference to the culture cancellation.

“We have to cancel America and be proud of who we are,” he said.

In response to someone’s question about what King thought of deficit spending, King said he didn’t like the idea of ​​increasing the country’s debt.

“Politicians say this infrastructure bill, ‘Oh, it’s paid for’, but I want to see the proof, and I want to [be shown] how it’s paid, what kind of returns, when those returns come in, and who will be responsible if they don’t come, “he said.

“That’s what would work for me if I ever had to budget in which we had to increase spending. But I would prefer there to be a reduction in government spending.

Someone else asked him how he could get rid of Georgia state tax.

“Let’s focus on our federal tax,” he replied. “In fact, I’m a big believer in some sort of consumption-based tax situation. I like consumption taxes. I would advocate a consumption tax. I just think it’s very wise. When it comes to taxes in Georgia, I would just ask our governor to be smart about tax policy. “

In response to a question about solar panels, King said he encouraged free market growth in the energy efficiency industry and was not in favor of the federal government paying people for it. install energy efficient systems.

King was born in Macon, Georgia to a teenage mother, according to her website.

His mother left an abusive marriage, becoming a single mother to Kelvin and his younger sister, Tameisha.

“My grandmother stepped in to help keep things together, and I love my grandmother so much for what she did,” King said. “She retired early from Robins Air Force Base and helped us stay together. And I was able to finish high school with honors, and I was also a really good athlete. “

King was also a young parent.

“I had a son when I was 19,” King said. “We make unforeseen things happen, but God knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t make mistakes. I thank God for my mother’s decision, and of course, I will follow that same decision. I am very pro-life. You have to take care of your obligations; You brought this child into the world, and it is your responsibility to take care of this child and transform him into a good adult who does not live on the government allowance, who fends for himself.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, King served five years in the Air Force as a contracting officer.

“My job was to spend government money,” he said. “I had the authority and the authority to commit government funds, so I understand how government funds work, I know how we can reduce government spending.”

He now runs a construction business with his wife.

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