Importance of presidential election stressed
Dubbing this year's presidential election the most important since the year that Abraham Lincoln was elected, Congressman Bill Shuster addressed about 170 people at the Fayette County Republican Committee fall dinner on Thursday night.
“If Romney is not elected, we will see an economic calamity the likes that we've never seen before,” he said.
But the congressman said he has every confidence that Romney will be elected, especially after the first debate on Wednesday night.
“Fifteen minutes into the debate, Obama rarely raised his head up anymore,” he said. “It was like the same thing that happens to a dog when he puts his tail between his legs. He knows he's whipped.”
Shuster added that spending is out of control in Washington and if the country is to remain the greatest nation in the world, legislators need to make some changes, including keeping taxes low and reducing the regulatory burdens on businesses.
“The only way we're going to get out of the situation we're in right now is by making some tough decisions,” he said. “We have to make cuts somewhere.
“But we as Americans will be able to do the tough things that we have to do to make sure America is not only the greatest country today, but also the greatest country in the history of the world.”
Also attending the dinner was Robert Gleason Jr., chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania.
He said Southwestern Pennsylvania, a historically Democratic region, has made great strides over the years, with more and more individuals registering with the Republican Party.
“Twenty years ago, I probably wouldn't have come out to a dinner here, but Fayette County has really turned a corner,” he said. “It all started with Ronald Reagan and we have kept that ball rolling.”
“Folks in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Fayette County are conservative people,” he said. “They believe in God and the Second Amendment — they hunt and fish and go to church on Sundays. They know the importance of coal and gas and they don't want the federal government coming in and telling them what to do or taking more money out of their pockets.”
Gleason was happy with how Fayette County responded in the last presidential election, where Sen. John McCain garnered more votes than Obama for the presidency.
“There's a change in the air down here,” he said. “We're slowly building up the Republican Party.”
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Jobs are focus in 52nd District House race in Westmoreland, Fayette
- Connellsville council expected to set budget meetings
- Connellsville honors the late Ralph Wombacker
- New consignment store specializes in dance, formal wear
- Bedford woman’s works on display at Fayette law library
- Lower Tyrone fall cleanup scheduled for Thursday
- PA Core Standards concern many
- Ambrosini won’t give up on new prison for Fayette County
- Refurbishing Uniontown church’s grotto is Eagle Scout project
- Public invited to tour Connellsville Area Senior High School on Saturday
- Plans to renovate Fayette lockup advance