Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, conservative Republican for Governor, and his wife Sindy greet supporters and voters during early voting in Lenoir City.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Republican candidate for governor, made a tour through Loudon County on Thursday.
His first appearance took him to American Male Hairstyling where he stopped to talk about small businesses and their importance to creating jobs in this economy. Ramsey touted his own experiences in starting two small businesses, and commented to applause, “as a small business owner, what do I want from government? Nothing. Just stay out of my way, and I’ll create the jobs and run my business.”
Next on the list of stops was Roane State Community College in Lenoir City where early voting is being held. There, he was greeted by enthusiastic Loudon County Tea Party members of Cross County Patriots which endorsed Ramsey for governor with an 84% consensus. Although being outspent, the East Tennessee native assured supporters that he is leading polls in Middle Tennessee, is gaining in polls in the eastern part of the state with new television ads, and that West Tennessee is still largely undecided and a battleground for candidates. Ramsey—who says he is the most conservative, experienced candidate—spoke of supporting Jan Brewer and Arizona, cutting the size of government, low taxes, balancing the budget, and his strong support of Second Amendment Constitutional rights. As Ramsey often says, “I’m the Lieutenant Governor and have balanced the budget and dealt with the issues important to Tennesseans. I’m the candidate that needs no on-the-job training and is ready to be governor on day one.”
Later, the Lieutenant Governor stopped in Loudon to talk with local government officials, and stopped by the Loudon County Justice Center to speak with officers and thank them for their service.
The other major Republican candidates running for governor are Bill Haslam and Zach Wamp.