Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who won Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary in 2012, campaigned for state Sen. Brian Kelsey in the 8th Congressional District GOP primary race Tuesday.He made stops in Jackson, Fayette County and Collierville.
This comes a week after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Tennessee GOP presidential nomination in 2008, campaigned in the district for David Kustoff, a former U.S. attorney who is another of the 13 candidates seeking the GOP nomination in Thursday’s election.
Santorum used his speech to pump Kelsey’s record and said West Tennessee’s conservative values are being criticized as antiquated and bigoted. He said unlike Donald Trump’s different style, the 8th District should be represented by someone trustworthy.
“You have to have people who go to Washington, D.C., that you know you can trust who will stand up to that,” Santorum said. “So I understand fresh and new and shake things up, but Ronald Reagan always said, ‘Trust but verify.’ And if you’ve got someone with a record you can verify, that’s a pretty good place to start.
“What I want, if I’m voting for Congress, is someone I can trust,” he said. “So you’ve got a decision to make, and I just hope you take it seriously. This isn’t a time to get mad. It’s a time to get focused. Our country is in trouble.”
“I think if we can get proven conservatives up there in Washington, whether we have a President Trump, like we all hope for, or a President Clinton, then we will really have a Congress who can hold its ground,” Kelsey said. “And not only hold our ground, but we’ve got to start moving the ball down the field forward.”