Devaney: Ball Had ‘All He Could Handle of Lamar’ at Farm Bureau Forum

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; October 23, 2014:

TNGOP says Ball already got his debate and lost, releases Democrat’s “Accidental Moments of Truth”

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball is taking his campaign of half-truths and distortions to the streets.

Ball’s campaign on Wednesday announced he was embarking on a bus tour of Tennessee because Ball believes Senator Lamar Alexander won’t debate him. In fact, in a report yesterday, Ball’s campaign stated, “Sen. Alexander has refused to debate Gordon Ball or any other candidates in the race.”

The statements come less than a week following the two candidates facing off in a debate sponsored by the Tennessee Farm Bureau on Oct. 16 in Cookeville, Tennessee.

“I’ll agree with Gordon Ball on one point,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney, “that wasn’t a debate, it was a drubbing. From the first sentence uttered, Senator Alexander dominated Gordon Ball. He struggled to gain his footing with incoherent answers and views inconsistent with Tennessee’s conservative principles, while Sen. Alexander showed he’s a leader who can get results. It was evident to everyone watching, Gordon Ball had all he could handle of Lamar in that Farm Bureau face-off.”

To illustrate the his point, Devaney cited specific examples in which a flustered Ball made several gaffes, revealing four accidental moments of truth in talking to media after the event. The TNGOP compiled a helpful video from Ball’s availability capturing his missteps. It can be seen by clicking here.

  • Accidental Moment of Truth No. 1: He’s a vote for the Obama agenda. “I’m not running against President Obama”
  • Accidental Moment of Truth No: 2: He embraces liberal values. “I don’t think I’m distancing myself from the state Democratic Party.”
  • Accidental Moment of Truth No. 3: He supports ObamaCare and forcing Tennesseans to buy health insurance. “The only way to pay for that (ObamaCare) is for all Americans to be involved and have some skin in the game.”
  • Accidental Moment of Truth No. 4: He doesn’t really know Lamar Alexander’s record. “I would have voted against the Iraq War.” (Note: The Iraq war was voted on by Congress in 2002; Senator Alexander didn’t take office in the Senate until January of 2003.)

A fifth accidental moment of truth occurred in a recent Knoxville News Sentinel article. Ball actually admitted to supporting Barack Obama for president. From the report, “Ball said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary, but supported Obama in the 2008 and 2012 general elections.”

“Gordon had his chance at a debate and he dropped the ball. He’s one more vote for the Obama agenda and admits as much. No one needs to see another public thrashing to know Senator Alexander deserves to be re-elected,” concluded Devaney.