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Senate hopeful Kingston stumps in Forsyth

U.S. Senate hopeful Jack Kingston highlighted his career — from his early days selling programs at sporting events to his work in Congress — during a visit Monday with the Republican Women of Forsyth County Monday.

Kingston, who represents Georgia’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, said he has lived the American dream, working as a businessman, marrying his college sweetheart and raising four children.

He also highlighted his six-point plan of priorities, including a strong stance on national defense, working toward a balanced budget and increasing the number of private-sector jobs.

During his time in Congress, the Savannah resident has voted 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He said there have been 1,231 waivers to the health care mandate and the likelihood of a funding bailout when the program runs out of money is “extremely high.”

“I can’t wait to vote it down,” he said.

Like the health care plan, Kingston said he’s also frustrated with President Barack Obama’s policy toward the Keystone Pipeline, saying Canada will simply choose to send their oil somewhere else.

The decision, according to Kingston, has “given our economic competitors a leg up.”

Despite presenting his goals for if he wins the election, he said he doesn’t want the May 20 Republican primary to be a dirty process. The race has drawn at least five other candidates — Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Karen Handel, David Perdue and Eugene Yu — vying to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.

“We’ve got to be united in this campaign,” he said.

A mud-slinging primary process will not only hurt Republicans, it will help whichever Democrat emerges from that party’s primary, he said.

“If we come out of this primary and we’re divided, it would be the best gift for Michelle Nunn there is,” he said.  “We’re all conservatives. We are all in the same family.”

Kingston also touched on his years in Congress, particularly relating to the current mentality of removing incumbents. Though elected to congress in 1992, and having served the Georgia state House for seven years prior to that, Kingston said his voting record is consistent with the state’s goals.

“I’ve never forgotten who sent me, what I went up there to do, I’ve come home every weekend,” he said. “I think it’s OK to have experience. I think when you’re going toe to toe with national security, you ought to know something about that area. You ought to have been to Pakistan you ought to go to Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It is very important to have experience, but it’s also very important to remember who sent you and I’ve never forgotten.”