Washburn claims to be a ‘true conservative’ option for Arkansas governor | News

Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Francis “Doc” Washburn believes he is a “true conservative alternative” to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the Republican primary.

“If you want to continue with big government and high taxes, you vote for Sarah,” Washburn said Monday during a lunchtime campaign stop at The Apaches Grill in Searcy. “If you want someone who wants to drastically reduce the size and scope of government and get it off your back and your wallet, vote for me. I think that’s a pretty neat distinction.

Washburn and Sanders are vying to be the Republican nominee to replace term-limited Governor Asa Hutchinson. The winner of the May 24 primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary among Anthony “Tony” Bland, Chris Jones, James “Rus” Russell III, Jay Martin and Supha Xayprasith-Mays and Libertarian Party candidate Ricky Dale Harrington in November . general election.

Early voting in the primaries is underway at the White County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 2400 Old Landing Road, and the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Saturday. The last day for early voting is May 23, when it will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washburn visited Searcy to campaign in front of a small crowd, the same day Sanders took her “Freedom Tour” to Robbins Sanford Grand Hall and a much larger crowd as the presumed favorite to win the nomination. The Daily Citizen published a few articles on the speeches given by Sanders.

Washburn, a former afternoon talk show host, believes he represents a change in the status quo, while “if you want the status quo to continue, Sarah is your candidate.”

“On day one, I will sign an executive order directing school districts to stop forcibly masking anyone and we will sign legislation codifying this into state law,” said Washburn, who now reports and comments on the news on a podcast. national. “When I introduce myself to people, I say, ‘I’m Doc Washburn, Republican candidate for governor.’ Unlike my opponent, I don’t mind answering questions, that’s why I do things like this [the lunch gathering] and she doesn’t.

“She’s going to Birmingham [Ala.]Mar a Lago [Fla.], Austin, Texas, and charges $5,000 or $6,000 a plate for people to listen to him talk for 10 or 15 minutes about work at the White House. I don’t think that really speaks to what’s going on in Arkansas.

Washburn said he also wants to sign legislation making ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine available over-the-counter as treatments for COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of either to treat or prevent the virus and says the dangers could include birth defects with ivermectin (and more so with dosages intended for animals). ) and “severe heart rhythm abnormalities, severe liver inflammation, and kidney failure.” ” with HCQ.

Washburn said that if elected, he plans to “get rid of state income tax now, small business income tax now, used property tax now, including used cars”.

When asked how he would do that, he said, “Well, the first thing is to sign the law [which would have to be passed by state legislators], but I guess the first thing is, how can we afford to do that? We are sitting on a fiscal surplus of $1.2 billion; they tax us with daylight. I want to give one-third to taxpayers, keep one-third for a rainy day fund, and spend the other third on a forensic audit of our entire government and figure out what we can get rid of.

Washburn said there were a lot of things in government that could be cut to cut taxes. He asked how many empty buildings the state government has and how many vehicles the state has that “we don’t know what’s going on with them.”

Recently, he said he bought a 2013 Honda Accord with 85,000 miles on it for $15,000. He said he went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office and found his sales tax was $1,038. “Pretty much everyone in Arkansas feels the pain of a Biden inflation every time he goes to the grocery store and every time he tries to put gas in his tank.”

Washburn also briefly touched on abortion, saying, “There’s nothing more important than stopping the murder of the unborn child,” before turning to “child protective agencies.” “.

“We are the only state in the country to have two child protection agencies, just to start; we have DCFS [Department of Children and Family Services] here and Crimes Against Children here,” he said. “If the state takes your children, you are presumed guilty until you prove your innocence.”

If elected, Washburn said he would order state child protection officers to wear body cameras when interacting with parents and children.

“I will order child protection workers to give parents Miranda rights and stop trying to break into people’s homes without warrants because parents don’t know their constitutional rights” , Washburn said. “Where child protection workers can remove children from parents who have done nothing wrong, with impunity, they are never held accountable and the parents must hire a lawyer and cannot possibly not afford it.”

He also talked about the state Office of Long-Term Care, which he said “is supposed to inspect nursing homes, but they don’t.” Washburn said if elected governor, he will issue an executive order on day one directing the Office of Long-Term Care to “enforce the law and inspect nursing homes. It’s outrageous with what’s going on.

Regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual issues, Washburn said, “There is such a push for the LGBTQIA++ agenda that you find pornographic material in the section children from public libraries or even in school libraries. .” He said the problem is that there is a loophole in state laws that says librarians “cannot be held responsible for children getting their hands on pornography.”

True school choice is something Washburn said he would sign a bill for, even though it would have to pass the Legislature first. “The money should follow the students, not the public schools,” he said.

Washburn also called critical race theory, an academic framework based on systemic racism. “child abuse and racist. We are in 2022 and not in 1947. We must ban this harmful indoctrination of our children.

Washburn also said it was obvious the 2020 election was stolen, referring to former President Donald Trump’s claims that he did not lose to President Joe Biden but was the victim of fraud. electoral. Those claims have been refuted by state election officials, including other Republicans, federal government agencies and the courts.

“If you want to change things like I talked about changing things, I’m your candidate,” Washburn said. “She has raised over $13 million. I run around the state and talk to people for free, and everywhere I go people say, “We used to support Sarah, but now we support you. If I can get my message across to enough people, I’ll be the candidate and I’ll be the governor.

“And I don’t need 13 million dollars, I don’t even need 1.3 million dollars; if I can raise $130,000, 1% of what she can raise will be enough money, excuse me, [to] use Facebook, YouTube, robocalls, radio station ads. We spread the word as quickly as possible. »

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