By NATHAN GREGORY
Oktibbeha County and Starkville supporters of the Democratic party gathered Saturday at Moncrief Park to show support for their candidates running in November’s elections.
Rally in the Park’s featured speaker, Albert N. Gore, is running for United States Senate against Republican incumbent Roger Wicker. Gore said his main goals if elected are to preserve such federal programs as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security and to eliminate corporate interest from government business.
“I think one of the biggest problems we have right now, especially in this election, is that outside money is killing everybody,” Gore said.
He referenced the recent passage of a bill that gives businesses a larger income tax credit when they pay inventory taxes as detrimental to the state’s economy.
“Think of who is going to take up the slack. You and I are. This is one of the things that is killing the economy in this state,” he said.
Gore said he intends to be accessible to the people of Mississippi and not to lobbyists.
“ I will be available for calls from constituents only. That’s everybody — Republicans, Democrats, Independents, the whole group, (but) I will not be spending any time with lobbyists,” he said. “I will be a senator for Mississippi. I will not be a senator from Mississippi.”
He also spoke on the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
“What’s called Obamacare or the Affordable Health Care Act, this is fine — It just doesn’t go far enough. I think it should cover everybody,” Gore said. “Some would say that’s socialized medicine — It’s not. It’s so our people can have the proper medical care, especially preventative care.”
Democratic supporter Everlyn Johnson said she attended Rally in the Park to support Gore and the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.
“I know the president had a deep hole to dig from, and I think he’s done a good job of getting us out of it. I know we’ve got a long way to go, but I still believe in what he’s trying to accomplish,” Johnson said. “I just hope he can be given four more years to complete his work.”
She said Gore is a leader who would represent Mississippi well in the Senate.
“He said the president needs that extra vote. (The U.S. Senate party composition) is really close, and he said that is one of the things that inspired him to run. There are people who thought his age and seniority may be a stumbling block, but I don’t think so,” she said. “He’s experienced a lot in his life. He knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. I would like to see him be elected to the Senate to help get some things done and help alleviate the gridlock.”