With one week to go before the election, 12th Congressional District candidate Lee Anderson spent Tuesday making campaign stops with veteran South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson. His message – no cuts to the defense budget.
Speaking at a news conference at his campaign headquarters after a visit to the Columbia County American Legion, Anderson said that any cuts he approved in Congress would not include the defense budget.
“The main thing we can do is get Mitt Romney in the White House,” Anderson said. “Then, with Joe Wilson’s leadership, we can make sure that our defense is the strongest defense department ever. We are totally opposite to what Obama and John Barrow want to do. We want to make the defense department stronger.”
When pressed on his incumbent opponent’s stance against the looming economic sequestration and the effect it would have on defense spending, Anderson responded that to support the president was to support sequestration.
“He’s right,” Wilson said, “He (Barrow) supports Obama, the leader in the White House, the man who wants to cut our defense department. That’s the difference right there.”
Anderson also used the news conference to respond to ads Barrow has run questioning his stance on Medicare and Social Security. He said the accusations are unfair and untrue.
“I want people to know clearly that the ads that John Barrow is running on me are lies,” he said. “I will not cut Medicare or Social Security to our senior citizens. I’m here to make sure that the American people create jobs, not the government. We must get back to the basics.”
When asked what message he had for voters, more specifically, voters in Columbia and Richmond counties, Anderson touted his qualifications as a native son.
“I believe in the family home,” he said. “I believe the family home is the bedrock of our country and I believe in running from the family home. The people here know Lee Anderson. They know that they can count on Lee Anderson and that Lee Anderson is accessible.”
He said he believed that in the end, his reputation would precede him and that people would be drawn to not only Lee Anderson the candidate, but Lee Anderson the man and neighbor.
“The people here, the people in Richmond and Columbia County, they know that I’m a servant and not a politician. I’m here to serve and make sure we get back to the basics.”