July 19, 2014
Republican nominee Ed Gillespie is no stranger to politics. He has worked as a chairman for the Republican National Committee as well as a counselor to the President in the George W. Bush administration. Now he hopes to wear another hat as u-s senator.
Since Gillespie was nominated to challenge incumbent Mark Warner for the U.S. Senator seat at the state party convention in Roanoke last month, he has been on the campaign trail, speaking to people and hearing their concerns about where the nation is headed.
“They are concerned about loss jobs, about stagnant wages, about sky rocketing health insurance premiums and about high energy prices,” says Gillespie.
He believes the current policies in place by Warner and President Obama are hurting Virginians and he wants to make a change.
“I believe we have to replace the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, with policies that work, with market oriented reforms that wouldn't cause people to lose the insurance that we like or the doctors that we trust, that wouldn't limit workers to 28 hours a week instead of 40 hours a week,” explains Gillespie.
He wants to create jobs and says focusing on energy can do just that.
“We have to unleash American energy,” says Gillespie. “That includes here in our Commonwealth, where we have to lift the moratorium on deep sea drilling on our coast and stop the war on coal and I think that will create high paying jobs and help bring down the cost of energy.”
Sen. Mark Warner wants to raise the minimum wage. Gillespie believes that will do more harm than good.
“We want to see our Commonwealth and our country grow because there is a very different approach that I take relative to Sen. Warner,” says Gillespie. “I believe that when they hear my ideas, my positive agenda, I call it Eg-squared, Ed Gillespie's agenda for economic growth, to create jobs, raise take home pay, hold down health care cost and reduce energy prices, they are going to like what they hear.”
“I would like them to give me a chance to be a servant leader for all Virginians in the United States senate.”
Gillespie and Warner are expected to come together for their first debate next Saturday hosted by the Virginia Bar Association.
CBS19 reached out to Warner's camp for comment. A spokesman said " "Senator Warner's bipartisan approach to public service has helped boost Virginia's economy, create jobs, and reduce student debt. Independent news organizations and republicans alike have praised his common sense approach to governing. Ed Gillespie is a self-declared partisan warrior and million-dollar lobbyist who helped create the gridlock in Washington and would only make things worse. Virginians want a problem solver, not a partisan warrior."