Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crawford Accepts Nomination in Republican Primary

AP Calls Election for Rick Crawford with early results at 68 percent of the votes counted to Princella Smith's 32 percent.

- Crawford Wins Nomination in Historic Republican Primary -

"First, let me begin by saying how great of an opponent Princella Smith has been. Princella has brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the debate that I believe she has elevated the focus on this race, both in the district as well as across the country.

Princella is going to do a lot of good things for conservatives and I am looking forward to her presence in our efforts to get our country back on track.

It is an honor to stand before you today and accept the Republican nomination for the First Congressional District.

Tonight was a historic election. From what I have been told, this was the first ever Republican Primary in the First Congressional District. And tonight marks the beginning of the next stage of our campaign as we work to do away with the over-spending agenda of President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

What I am hearing as I travel throughout the First District is that people are fed up with Congress' irrational spending. People know that our nation's debt and unfunded promises add up to more than $56.5 trillion -- $184,000 for every man, woman, and child alive - and they say, you gotta stop! Put down the shovel!

As they enter the ballot box, they will be faced with either voting to continue the liberal, irrational spending agenda that our current Congress is employing, or to make a real change in how business is done in Washington.

There is a substantial difference between me and Tim Wooldridge, Chad Causey or any candidate who emerges in the general election. If voters want to continue the liberal, over-spending agenda of Speaker Pelosi and President Obama, then they should elect Tim or Chad. The only way to stop the multi-trillion dollar, entitlement creating, Pelosi Obama agenda is to remove Speaker Pelosi and her overspending committee chairman from power.

I believe that voters in the First District are ready for a real change in the direction of our country. I believe that folks from every political persuasion are ready for us to start climbing out of the $56 trillion hole we are in and make the permanent structural changes necessary so our children and our grandchildren have the opportunity of a brighter future.

Let me share with you the very personal reason I am standing up now asking for you to allow me to serve you in Congress. Like many of you, I have two young children - a son and daughter. So many of you also have children and even grandchildren. If we fail, they'll face taxes that are easily triple what you and I pay today. Interest rates, in a good-case scenario, will be in the high teens. These two conditions will choke businesses in this country leading to high unemployment and depressed wages. And the dominoes start falling from there.

My friends, we need to act. I hope you all will join me in standing as patriots to take back our government. In closing let me just say....you are my commanding officers and I boldly raise my hand to ask for your confidence in my ability to carry out this essential mission. I CAN...and WILL BE...successful."TAGS: Arkansas, 1st Congressional District, Rick Crawford, Princella Smith, Republican