Former Governor Jim Gilmore Visits Charlottesville Restaurant

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

July 30, 2008

"He said he would not raise taxes, as a matter of fact he said it six times in the debate because he wanted to make darn sure everybody heard him, he would not raise taxes and then he comes up afterwards and he becomes the biggest tax increase governor in the history of Virginia," said Senate hopeful and former Governor Jim Gilmore about his opponent Mark Warner.

As part of his working families tour, Gilmore spoke to area residents Wednesday in his run for the seat currently held by outgoing senator John Warner, attacking his opponent, former governor Mark Warner on the car tax, honesty and his energy policies, but recent polls have shown Mark Warner with a double digit lead, but Gilmore isn't buying the numbers.

"I just think it's too early, people have not really seriously been polled on the senatorial race yet, it's just all old name id and i haven't run statewide for ten years, I think that's what's going on," said Gilmore.

Saying he understands what is concerning Virginians and it's no secret, the economy and gas prices.

"And everywhere we go we're talking to working people and I'm learning quite a bit actually about what people are seeing and feeling out there and what they're distressed about the economics, they're concerned about their households, they're concerned about being able to make ends meet," said Gilmore.

Gilmore says the country needing to rely on domestic resources such as coal, nuclear power, as well as off shore drilling and drilling in ANWR, and despite the democratic elections of Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Jim Webb. Gilmore says he still believes the state will vote red come November.

"I still think Virginia is a conservative state but you have to be prepared to address peoples concerns through your conservatism," said Gilmore.

To view more of Gilmore's speech, and find out why the Senate hopeful chose Sam's Kitchen, just view the attached videos.


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