TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Importance of presidential election stressed

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By Rachel Basinger

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

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.”

Shuster agreed.

“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

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Texas company offers investment in millions to upgrade Everson plant
  2. Geibel alumnus Sammy Brooks to perform jazz during tuition fundraiser on Saturday
  3. Election board rejects ballot referendum on Fayette County prison issues
  4. West Leisenring band’s EP release party to benefit firefighters
  5. Lemont woman accused of stealing purses, using credit cards
  6. Connellsville Community Yard Sale set May 3; enrollment deadline is April 28
  7. Recording studio joins Connellsville community center’s growing artist enclave
  8. Police pursuit ends with Smithfield suspect wounded, thirsty for beer
  9. Closure of West Side News shocks previous owners
  10. Brush fire season keeps Fayette firefighters busy
  11. Small-business opportunities exist in the Fay-West
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.