Alexander Responds To Ingraham's Carr Endorsement: 'I'm A Conservative'
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) dismissed news that conservative radio host Laura Ingraham had endorsed his primary opponent Joe Carr and planned to campaign on his behalf.
When asked by reporters about Ingraham’s endorsement on Capitol Hill this morning, Alexander reminded them that he was a conservative Senator who had been endorsed by the National Right to Life and had an 'A' rating with the National Rifle Association.
“I’m putting that record on the line,” Alexander said. “I spent more nights in Tennessee than I have in Washington in the last 12 years and I have great respect for the voters of Tennessee.”
Alexander indicated that he was not concerned about whether he would suffer the same fate as House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated after Ingraham rallied supporters to his Republican challenger Dave Brat.
“Tennesseans make up their own minds up for who to vote for, what happens in another state doesn’t make any difference to us,” he said.
When asked about immigration, Alexander admitted that immigration was a “very important concern” and that it was up to President Obama and Congress to fix it.
He defended his vote for the Senate immigration reform legislation passed last year that critics have denounced as amnesty.
“I voted to double border security, to end perpetual amnesty, and create a legal immigration system, and if anybody’s got a better idea, they should suggest it,” Alexander said.
Alexander chuckled when asked to respond to accusations that he was ‘Liberal Lamar’ who frequently votes with President Obama.
“Tennesseans have known me a long time and they know that I’m a conservative Republican who likes to get results,” he said.