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July 15, 2014

Kingston discusses Moody during Valdosta stop

VALDOSTA — Congressman and Senate candidate Jack Kingston discussed Moody Air Force Base and its mission Monday during a Valdosta visit and campaign stop.

Moody Air Force base has been essential to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community since it first opened in 1941 as Valdosta Airfield. Kingston said he has supported Moody since he was first elected into the U.S. House in 1993.

“The number one thing on my platform is a strong national defense. I don’t ever want our servicemen and women to ever have to fight a fair fight,” Kingston said. “I want them to go up against any enemy, any time, any place, and know for certain what the outcome is going to be. We want them in the fastest airplanes, firing the most powerful most accurate missiles, and in the strongest tanks.”

As a member of the House’s Defense Committee, Kingston said Moody constantly faces challenges, and he does whatever he can to support the military.

“We have challenges in these installations all of the time, because the nature of national defense is always going to be changing,” Kingston said. “We know, full well, about the battle for the A-10s and I expect the people from Valdosta to support the A-10s but maybe they have a slight bias. Why don’t we talk to the infantry, the Marines and the Army about the value of that A-10?”

Kingston shared a story from about a year ago of a U.S. convoy of 130 troops was pinned down in Afghanistan, and how they were so close to the enemy that helicopters could not rescue them. “So the commander called the A-10s to save our troops, and that is a real-life example of the benefits of the A-10 program,” Kingston said. “It is a weapons system that is relevant. People call it old, and I say, sometimes when things are old, there’s a reason because people still like them and because they still work … The House has spoken and we want to keep the A-10s, and in the Senate, I'll support the A-10s, too. ”

When asked about the pressures of being a sitting U.S. representative and  being in a campaign for the U.S. Senate, Kingston replied, “It’s very difficult, but we’re continuing to work for the military. We’re working on the issue with the children coming over the Mexican boarder. We’re moving along on the Savannah deepening project. Just last week we had a significant vote on it. I’m wearing two hats. I’m doing my day job, and I’m running for office.”

Kingston is in a runoff election with candidate David Purdue. Both men are running to be the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate seat opened by Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ departure at the end of the year.

Advanced voting is going on this week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the elections office, 2808 N. Oak St. The last day to vote is 7 a.m.-7 p.m., July 22, at assigned precincts.

For more information on the election, contact the Lowndes County Board of Elections, (229) 671-2850.

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