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Sen. Lamar Alexander says he works across aisle to get things done
timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Andy Sher

Posted on 07/29/2014 5:49:34 AM PDT by cotton1706

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same.

"If I stood up before you today and said I by myself brought in the auto industry, and I by myself paid teachers more for teaching well and built the best road system, I wouldn't be telling you the truth either because I had to work with other people to do it," the two-term senator told some 150 or more supporters at his campaign headquarters here in Nashville.

Alexander, who's come under criticism from his tea party-supported GOP primary opponent Joe Carr for not taking a hard enough line, said, "I respect the fact that those of us who are elected are expected not to just make a speech but get results."

"I've tried to do the same thing in Washington, D.C.," Alexander said. "We changed a law to make medicine safer. We changed a law to make student loans less expensive for students."

But he said in the Democratic-run Senate, "I couldn't have done that by myself. I had to work with other people to do it. Some people just want to make a speech. I want to get a result. I'm not in the shut down the government crowd; I'm in the take over the government crowd ... take it in a more conservative direction."

Across the street, some 40 to 50 supporters of Carr marched back and forth on a sidewalk and disagreed.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Like all moderate republicans, they love democrats, hate conservatives!
1 posted on 07/29/2014 5:49:34 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

So does my “conservative” Congressman who is below 50% on every one of the national ratings for conservatives. You would not know it by his TV Ads though. The only thing they should be doing when reaching across the aisle IMO is to land a haymaker.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 5:57:42 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton

This “reaching across the aisle” excuse is just that...an excuse. These feckless often dishonest fools need to push a Conservative agenda and get the degenerate DIMs/LIBs to “reach across the aisle”. They never do that. The lies of these politicians get very tiresome and predictable.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 6:00:44 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cotton1706

“I respect the fact that those of us who are elected are expected not to just make a speech but get results.”

The problem, Alexander, is that your speeches are pablum and the “results” you get are inimical to smaller government and freedom.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 6:03:35 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

“Reaching across the aisle to get things done”, when spoken by a RINO, is tantamount to “doin’ for da’ Massa”, playing Steppin Fetchit for the left.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 6:05:37 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Moderates exist to thwart conservatives and help democrats “get things done.”


6 posted on 07/29/2014 6:05:43 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

I wonder how well this will go over with the average Tennessee voter these days, given how popular the president is.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 6:12:14 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: cotton1706
Sen. Lamar Alexander says he works across aisle to get things done

Yeah. The wrong things.

8 posted on 07/29/2014 6:13:19 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: cotton1706

The only thing accomplished by “working across the aisle” is enactment of my socialist, freedom-impeding legislation, you dumbass.


9 posted on 07/29/2014 6:14:11 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: cotton1706

I can remember back in 1994, when he was putting his plaid hat in the ring for President, Alexander’s early campaign angle was “CUT THEIR PAY... AND SEND THEM HOME!” in reference to Congress and the Senate.

Now that he’s comfortably ensconced in the House of Lords, he doesn’t feel that way.


10 posted on 07/29/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: cotton1706

I’ll give Alexander one prop... unlike that POS McConnell to his north, at least Lamar! didn’t express a desire to smash TEA Partiers in the face.


11 posted on 07/29/2014 6:19:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: cotton1706

Just go to show that “moderate Republicans” are, in reality, liberals.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 6:19:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Bingo!


13 posted on 07/29/2014 6:20:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: cotton1706

Get things done — like funding Obamacare. Like amnesty. Like huge spending bills. Like borrowing our way into default.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 6:20:54 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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15 posted on 07/29/2014 6:22:48 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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The Human Event / Garvis poll of July 19 had it at 45% each. Going to be close.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3186098/posts?


16 posted on 07/29/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT by deport
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To: cotton1706

A RINO’s “Getting things done” can be translated as “appease so they can get more votes and power and not have to work hard.”


17 posted on 07/29/2014 6:24:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: cotton1706

Some things don’t need doing, especially when you consort with the enemy to get them done.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 6:24:45 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: cotton1706

If you compromise with EVIL the result is EVIL!


19 posted on 07/29/2014 6:46:07 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: cotton1706

lamar is a RINO 62% of his voting record is DEMORAT.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 6:51:11 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: don-o

PING


21 posted on 07/29/2014 6:53:39 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana; Mrs. Don-o; SoConPubbie; SharpRightTurn; noprogs; navymom1; SumProVita; ...
Donate to Joe Carr
22 posted on 07/29/2014 6:59:09 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: cotton1706

https://www.facebook.com/billhobbs/posts/10152588069289661

Some notes from the Lamar Alexander campaign rally on Music Row - and the counter-protest by supporters of Joe Carr in the Republican primary race.

1. The Alexander campaign got an event permit for BOTH sides of the street, although they were only using one side of the street. This was clearly an attempt by Lamar’s campaign to prevent a counter-protest. Clearly, it failed. However, there was this one little dude from the campaign who walked up and down the sidewalk telling the anti-Lamar people that they couldn’t stand there, and they had to keep moving. When he said it to the group I was standing with, I muttered, “Yeah, that’s not going to happen,” and he didn’t try telling me again. Frankly, I doubt he had any legal authority whatsoever to tell people they couldn’t stand on the sidewalk.

2. Attendance at the campaign event was pretty lame. When you subtract Alexander campaign staffers - it was, after all, help on the tiny sloping front lawn of the campaign headquarters building - there were probably 100 people there. I counted at least 50 anti-Lamar protestors, and that was well into the event after several had already left. Given the Alexander campaign has millions of dollars and a sophisticated campaign apparatus to get a big crowd - and was offering free food - and the anti-Lamar group had none of that - the numbers on both sides of the street had to be a big disappointment for the Alexander campaign. (You also have to subtract a few because there were some anti-Alexander people who, not carrying any signs or wearing “Beat Lamar” shirts, went and joined the Lamar crowd to hear the Senator speak.)

4. The Alexander campaign parked the campaign bus directly in front of campaign headquarters, in order to shield the event from protestors. The result, however, it created a backdrop for the campaign in which Lamar was standing on a stage on the sidewalk at the bottom of the lawn that sloped down to the street, overshadowed by a huge, hulking bus. It made him look very very small. It also served to reinforce how small his crowd was - if you were across the street from the event you could see about three people of his overall crowd.

5. The number one political issue in America today is illegal immigration. Joe Carr has made illegal immigration - and Lamar Alexander’s vote for amnesty - the centerpiece of his campaign. Many of the anti-Lamar protestors carried “Say No to Amnesty” signs. So, did the Senator address illegal immigration during his brief remarks? No. He did not. He made no reference to it at all.

6. Alexander spent a good part of his remarks talking about his opposition to Obama’s proposed “National School Board.” Only problem is, Obama has not proposed a “National School Board.” When you have an old man prattling on about things that aren’t real, it may be time to hand him his gold watch and hire someone new.

7. Alexander also cited a recent endorser’s quote calling him a “conservative problem-solver.” So, what problem has Alexander solved since he became a Senator 12 years ago? Oh, that’s right. You can legally fish below Army Corps of Engineers dams. Until the end of 2014. Alexander didn’t mention that, probably because it’s got to be more than a little embarrassing to admit you’ve basically accomplished nothing in 12 years as a U.S. Senator.

8. All of anti-Lamar/anti-Amnesty people were old white men. (If you ignore the African Americans, women and Hispanics, which I’m betting the media will). By the way, there were more minorities in the anti-Lamar crowd than in


23 posted on 07/29/2014 7:04:01 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: ScottinVA

“I’ll give Alexander one prop... unlike that POS McConnell to his north, at least Lamar! didn’t express a desire to smash TEA Partiers in the face.”

That’s true, though ever the establishment party man, Alexander did dutifully kick in when McConnell called for funds for Thad Cochran in the runoff.


24 posted on 07/29/2014 7:04:47 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: don-o
By the way, there were more minorities in the anti-Lamar crowd...  photo carrmin.jpg
25 posted on 07/29/2014 7:08:19 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: cotton1706
But he said in the Democratic-run Senate, "I couldn't have done that by myself. I had to work with other people to do it. Some people just want to make a speech. I want to get a result. I'm not in the shut down the government crowd; I'm in the take over the government crowd ... take it in a more conservative direction."


26 posted on 07/29/2014 7:09:34 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: cotton1706

Lamar loves power and money and working for those who can give him both. His post governor escapades in Knoxville cure me of ever voting for him again. I want a partisan in office for a change especially now with Harry Reid running the GOP Senate as he has since they took over the senate. Further more Lamar anger me at his lack of backbone to support Ted Cruz on the budget.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 7:13:52 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cotton1706
Getting things done like gun grabbing, abortion on demand, Commie Care, bigger grubment, Socialism, anti-capitalism, ... We have one anti-American party of Detroit. Where is the adult party?

ESAD DemocRat LA.

28 posted on 07/29/2014 7:14:19 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SharpRightTurn
That’s true, though ever the establishment party man, Alexander did dutifully kick in when McConnell called for funds for Thad Cochran in the runoff.

Very true... when the establishment clarion call went out to join the pandering and accuse the TEA Party candidate as a racist, he was right there.

29 posted on 07/29/2014 7:18:15 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: cotton1706

So, when the Left says they want x, Lamar reaches across the aisle to offer them x-1, which is what they were really after to begin with.


30 posted on 07/29/2014 7:18:32 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: ScottinVA

He just hasn’t said it when anyone heard him to report it. He thinks it, though.


32 posted on 07/29/2014 8:46:18 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Beat Lamar! And, if that doesn't work, let's defeat him in the primary.)
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To: skeeter

The Tennessee GOP is full of squishy Alexander types. They run one way and vote another. Haslam is as dangerous as a cocked shotgun when it comes to tendencies to live across the aisle. Don’t get me started on senator sellout Corkhole.


33 posted on 07/29/2014 10:48:51 AM PDT by sarge83
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