Barrett brings campaign to Aiken

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 5:30 PM
Last updated 5:47 PM
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AIKEN — U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett was in Aiken today, stumping to be South Carolina’s next governor, but before things got started an Aiken resident referenced another job.

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South Carolina governor candidate Gresham Barrett, center, speaks with Especially Seniors owner Robbie Yarborough, left, and Andrew Siders, of Vista Bank, during a visit to Especially Seniors in-home care in Aiken.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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South Carolina governor candidate Gresham Barrett, center, speaks with Especially Seniors owner Robbie Yarborough, left, and Andrew Siders, of Vista Bank, during a visit to Especially Seniors in-home care in Aiken.

“My name is Robert Whitehouse,” he said with a big smile, shaking Mr. Barrett’s hand. “Does that give you any inspiration?”

Laughing, Mr. Barrett responded, “Nice to meet you Mr. Whitehouse” and quickly began addressing several federal and state issues while visiting with workers at Especially Seniors, which provides in-home care for seniors. It was the fourth and final stop of the day for Mr. Barrett, a Republican, along his “Barrett Means Business” bus tour.

After hearing concerns from Mr. Whitehouse about the growing national debt, Mr. Barrett said, “There’s only so many times you can take in $100 and spend $150.”

Mr. Barrett then heard from Robbie Yarborough, of Especially Seniors, who had concerns about how proposed health care reform might affect his business.

“This fix is not the fix we need,” Mr. Barrett said, later adding that he had heard similar worries from other business people on his tour of the state.

At the Aiken business Mr. Barrett talked about how as governor he would focus on job creation, strengthening South Carolina’s ports, improving the state’s infrastructure and restructuring government. He said businesses shouldn’t be taxed more as their profit increases. He said businesses need an incentive to grow.

He said that he also would favor having a business liaison person who could better streamline questions and concerns of businesses.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com


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