State Representative Joe Carr, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, met with a receptive audience of 40-plus at the American Legion Building Tuesday night here in Lynchburg.
Carr will compete against incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in the party’s August 2014 primary. He currently represents a Rutherford County district in the Tennessee General Assembly
Carr stated that his two guiding principles were his Christian faith and the United States Constitution. He shared with the group an enlightening moment that he had prior to his senate campaign during a meeting in Washington with Congressman Scott DesJarlais, when, at the time, Carr, was an announced candidate for DesJarlais’s seat.
Carr said that DesJarlais could not have been more gracious and hospitable, given the fact that they were at the time political adversaries, and asked the rhetorical question, “Isn’t this how it is supposed to be?”
When the floor was opened to the public on Tuesday night, Carr fielded questions ranging from veterans affairs, to national security, illegal immigration issues and the new Common Core Standards.
The Common Core Standards have been at the center of much debate lately.
While many educators and others support Common Core, the new education standards have their share of critics.
Carr said that he cast his vote for legislation in the Tennessee Legislature that helped open the door for the Common Core Standards — a vote that he also said he now deeply regrets. Carr added that the Tennessee legislature will have a chance to review and possibly change the Common Core Standards in the upcoming legislative session in January.