Open letter to South Carolinians
This past Wednesday evening I was asked to attend the pledge signing with four other candidates seeking the US Senate seat for South Carolina. The pledge states: “We, the undersigned genuine conservative Republicans, agree to endorse whichever one of our fellow signers advances to the run-off election against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham following the South Carolina Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate on the 10th of June 2014.”
I declined to participate in that pledge and refused to attend the gathering for two reasons:
1) I am running to become your next United States Senator – and to sign a pledge of surrender before the campaign process has culminated would be admitting defeat before the battle has even begun; and
2) At this point, the candidates have not engaged in a single debate on the complex issues facing this nation. I believe in the necessity for a smaller federal government, reduced regulatory burden on small business, free enterprise and strong immigration reform.
Furthermore, I reject the statement made yesterday by one of the candidates about Senator Graham. That comment exemplifies part of the problem with Washington today. Debasing a man’s name and character is not our path forward to prosperity and will only leave us wallowing in the political malaise.
I pledge to you today that our campaign has always been and will always be built on trust, integrity and optimism for the future of America.
Candidate for U.S. Senate
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