Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), predicted that Alexander will go the way of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Wednesday.
Carr stated, “Sen. Alexander has a similar problem that Leader Cantor had in that he’s out of touch with his Republican base in Tennessee.”
Like Cantor’s primary challenger, Dave Brat, Carr says that immigration is a strong area of contrast between him and his primary challenger, he declared “the problem Lamar Alexander has and so many of the establishment Republicans have, is they are taking themselves away or are detracting from what the Republican National Committee platform in 2012 specifically says, and when it says no amnesty at all for illegal immigrants, and so it’s Lamar Alexander who’s running away from the Republican platform and its conservatives in the tea party trying to embrace that Republican National Committee platform.”
He also pointed to Alexander’s vote for ObamaCare funding, arguing “if ObamaCare is an attack on Constitution, it stands to reason that Lamar’s vote is also an attack on the Constitution.” Carr declared that Republican voters want a candidate who “will stand and defend the Republican National Committee platform instead of running to the Democrats in capitulation,” and hopes to send a message to incumbents that “when they reject that platform the day after they get elected, then the voters the next time around are going to reject them.”
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