Thursday Rally Calls Attention to Republican Issues
North Carolina will be a battleground state in November’s election, and a sign of that came rolling through town Thursday.
Representatives from and supporters of Americans For Prosperity gathered for a short rally Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of Pinecrest Plaza in Southern Pines.
Their message: It’s imperative for individuals to get involved, learn about the issues, and discuss them with undecided voters.
“North Carolina is one of the top 10 swing states in November,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, a national grassroots organization that serves and supports local tea party organizations. Tea party members advocate less government and a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution.
Moore County has a large and active tea party group, Moore Tea Citizens. Several members of it attended the meeting.
The tour, which coincided with this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, made 16 stops across the state.
“This is a great week to talk about policy,” said Dallas Woodhouse, AFP’s North Carolina director.
Woodhouse urged the crowd to “talk about current policies put in place by President Barack Obama that are failing America.”
“We need to be able to look at our grandchildren and tell them when we were looking at falling off the economic cliff, we did everything we could do.”
Americans for Prosperity is committed to educating citizens and engaging them in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and national levels.
Martin told the crowd that 92 percent of U.S. voters have decided who to vote for in November, and that the other “six to eight percent” are the key voters.
Speakers told a crowd of about 100 people that it is imperative that they know and understand the key election issues and speak openly and honestly about them to their fellow voters. Those issues are spending, government regulation and taxation.
“When you go to bed at night you have to ask yourself, ‘Have I done everything I can do today to preserve liberty?’” Martin said.
It was a message that rang true for Southern Pines resident Alan Majka, who said he attended the rally to show his support for AFP and find some way to participate in the lead-up to the election in November.
“We’ve got to change the direction of the country,” Majka said. “If the incumbent president wins again, we are sunk. There will be no turning back.”
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or tembrey@ thepilot.com.
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