National and statewide issues surrounding the upcoming congressional and presidential elections were the focus of remarks at the South Boston GOP headquarters grand opening on Friday.
GOP headquarters is located at 1300 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston, and a number of GOP officials were on hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting including State Senator Tom Garrett, candidate for the 5th District congressional seat currently held by Republican Robert Hurt, and Jimmie Massie, spokesman for the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Also speaking were former Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode and Halifax Delegate James Edmunds.
According to Garrett’s website, the nation faces three existential threats, including out of control spending, lack of respect for the rule of law, specifically immigration law, and terrorism.
Massie said he has traveled the state over the past month or two representing the Trump campaign.
“Seventy percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction,” Massie said.
“Our national security is headed in the wrong direction, and our Supreme Court is headed in the wrong direction,” added Massie.
“The United States economy has not grown at a rate of 3 percent or better for 10 years in a row, and we’re working on No. 11, noted Massie, adding the United States currently has the lowest labor participation rate in 50 years and the lowest home ownership rate in 50 years.
The Democratic candidate for U. S. President, Hillary Clinton, has no business experience compared to Trump, who has the experience to grow the economy, Massie noted.
The next president will likely appoint four, plus or minus one, new Supreme Court justices, added Massie, making the upcoming presidential election important for that reason as well.
from The Gazette-Virginian