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U.S. Senate candidate talks to supporters (video)

By ErinPradia
May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.
Updated May 24, 2012 at 12:24 a.m.


Age: 51

• City: Celina

• Office: U.S. Senate

• Profession: Former ESPN broadcaster and rancher

• Party: Republican

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Craig James will face Curt Cleaver, Ben Gambini, Glenn Addison, Lela Pittenger, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, Tom Leppert, Joe Agris, for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate.

The Democratic candidates are Grady Yarbrough, Paul Sadler, Sean Hubbard and Addie Dainell Allen.

PORT LAVACA - Craig James said he hopes to motivate and encourage the younger generation through his bid for U.S. Senate.

"Our country was founded on the simple opportunity to be free," James said. "And that freedom is being slowly chipped away at."

With a majority of lawyers in the Senate chambers, the candidate for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate said he hopes to bring balance and an outside perspective.

James expounded on his platform to about 20 supporters gathered at Russell Cain Real Estate in Port Lavaca on Wednesday.

James said he supports the pillars of what made the United States great - the Constitution, free market and the military.

"If you like socialism, move to Europe," James said. "This is not the United Nations; this is the United States."

James told supporters rights and values they hold dear must be safeguarded and not eroded in favor of United Nations agendas.

"We must watch out for our Second Amendment rights," James said. "The United Nations needs the United States, not the other way about. We need to be wagging the tail, not the tail wagging the dog."

In accordance with the constitutional responsibility for the government to provide for the common defense, James said he supports using the military to help secure the nation's borders.

James said the United States needs to focus on passing on a legacy of what makes the nation unique through teaching history to the younger generations.

"We need to pass on the passion behind American identity," James said. "We're becoming such a tolerant nation, we're tolerating ourselves out of greatness."

Craig said he believes in empowering local school districts, addressing drop out rates, and reintroducing life skills into high school education in addition to preparation for college.

"Morally, it's the right thing to do, but it is also important economically," James said. "We can't grow the manufacturing sector without people prepared to do the jobs."

James also addressed family values during his talk.

"Marriage must be defined as between a man and a woman," James said. "In America, you are free to pick and choose what you want to do, but the institution of marriage is between a man and a woman."

As a former rancher and ESPN broadcaster, James said he recognized he is not equipped to fight other candidates dollar-for-dollar.

For many, politics is a rich man's game, James said, but congressional seats should not be bought by those who can spend the most on their campaigns.

"I don't owe anyone anything," James said. "And with as few dollars as I have raised, I won't owe anyone anything if I'm elected."

James said he identifies with fellow Texans in his campaign trail across Texas, having lived the American dream first-hand.

"I didn't give up my career and put my family through campaigning so I could go conform in D.C.," James said. "I don't care about being a senator, I want to go do the work of 'We the people.'"

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