“When I was Governor, Arkansas did not have a Republican senator and I used to ask Lamar, would he mind just moving just a little bit further west every now and then and being Arkansas’ other senator because I needed somebody I could talk to, someone who understood how to govern.” -- Governor Mike Huckabee
Press Release, July 22, 2013, Smyrna, TN – On Saturday Governor Mike Huckabee joined Lamar Alexander and other musical and political guests to honor the grassroots activists of Middle Tennessee.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Wariner, Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Lamar Alexander played several songs. A video link and photos of their performance and Huckabee’s complete remarks are available here: www.lamaralexander.com/salute.
Alexander introduced longtime friend Governor Mike Huckabee saying, “what we like about Mike Huckabee is that he can express his conservative principles in a way to persuade other people to agree with us.”
Governor Huckabee won Tennessee’s 2008 presidential primary. In his remarks to the crowd of more than 500 he highlighted Alexander’s conservative record saying, “Your senator understands what we do not need is a national school board dictating what your kid is going to learn in the classroom in Tennessee…and he also is a person who recognizes that the fight is not over to get rid of Obamacare.”
Huckabee praised Alexander’s recent legislative success in fighting the overreach of the government saying, “a federal government that doesn’t have anything better to do than to tell people in the middle of the country, in Tennessee, where they can fish is a federal government that is way too big and needs somebody to take ‘em on and bring ‘em back down to size and Lamar Alexander has already proven he’s that person.”
In addition to Huckabee, Wariner and Alexander, the program included Pastor Pat Hood of Smyrna Life Point Church, State Representative Mike Sparks, State Senator Jack Johnson, State Senator Steve Dickerson, State Party Chairman Chris Devaney and U.S. Congressman and Alexander Campaign Co-Chair Chuck Fleischmann.
The Alexander campaign is chaired by Congressman Jimmy Duncan with co-chairmen Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell as well as Congressmen Blackburn, Roe, Black, Fincher and Fleischmann.
The campaign’s Honorary Co-Chairmen include former U.S. Senators Howard Baker, Bill Brock, Bill Frist and Fred Thompson as well as former Governors Winfield Dunn and Don Sundquist.
Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Statewide Committee to Elect Lamar Alexander are all 13 living former state Republican Party chairs.