TNGOP Statements on Farm Bureau Forum

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; October 17, 2014:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Republican Party released statements from U.S. Congressman Diane Black (TN-06), U.S. Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) and Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney following the conclusion of the Tennessee Farm Bureau U.S. Senate forum held in Cookeville.

Congressman Black:

“I’m grateful to the Tennessee Farm Bureau for holding this important event in Cookeville. Right out of the gate it was evident there is a wide gulf between the two candidates. Senator Alexander offers real solutions to the problems our nation is facing. Whether it is healthcare, reining in Washington spending, or any of a number of issues important to Tennesseans, Lamar will play an integral role in a new Senate majority that is poised to take our nation in a different, more conservative, and more responsible direction. Gordon Ball will only serve as a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s failed liberal agenda.

“Recent crises have revealed that disengagement, blame, and ‘leading from behind’ have serious consequences for our nation. It’s time for grownups to be in charge in the Senate, and the first step toward doing that is re-electing Lamar Alexander.”

Congressman Fincher:

“Being in Agribusiness — I am proud of my friends at the Tennessee Farm Bureau for hosting this forum to provide folks with a clear understanding of the candidates’ positions.  The contrast in this debate between the two candidates is clear — only one candidate supports policies to advance Tennessee job growth that will spur on opportunity, only one candidate will work to reign in far-reaching Washington bureaucrats, and only one candidate represents Tennessee family values.  That candidate is Senator Alexander.”

Chairman Devaney:

“All of us were wanting to see a head-to-head matchup between these two nominees and that’s exactly what we saw today. Republicans were especially eager to see Senator Alexander make a case for conservative principles and provide insight into how a new Republican majority will govern. He did just that. In doing so, he stood in stark contrast to Gordon Ball’s cut-and-paste, boilerplate answers straight from the Obama playbook.

“The headlines over the last few days alone prove we have serious problems that require serious solutions. Lamar presented a substantive case for his vision of leadership today. With our nation seemingly lurching from crisis to crisis while President Obama dithers, we need Senator Alexander’s steady hand in Washington now more than ever.”


Ahead of the Farm Bureau faceoff, the TNGOP released a side-by-side issue comparison of the candidates.

The TNGOP also released a new web ad showing what President Obama believes is at stake this election: his policies.