Economist Stephen Moore Blasts Senator Lamar Alexander and ‘Turncoat’ Republicans During Nashville Visit

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Free-market economist Stephen Moore slammed U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in a speech Saturday when talking about “turncoat” Republicans who did not support a recent Republican-led Senate effort to repeal Obamacare.

Fresh off his vote against repealing Obamacare, a key element of President Trump’s agenda, Senator Lamar Alexander was in Nashville this past week to attend the annual Tennessee Republican Party Statesmen’s Dinner.

He said the Tennessee senator is “leading the charge” to preserve Obamacare in some form. Last month, Alexander was one of seven Republicans to vote against a strong repeal amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

“What he is doing right now behind the scenes is a betrayal,” said Moore, the senior economic contributor for FreedomWorks and a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Moore is a frequent commentator on TV and a former Wall Street Journal editorial board member.

State Rep. Sheila Butt spoke to the crowd on the central theme of the event–cutting taxes–just before former talk radio host Steve Gill introduced the featured speaker, Stephen Moore.

Moore spoke at a breakfast hosted by the Tennessee Republican Assembly at Glenwood Baptist Church in Nashville. The meeting was to be held at Dairy King next door, but had to be moved because of rain damage at the restaurant. Business leader Andrew Puzder, who was at one point President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, also spoke at the event.

“This is a very dangerous moment right now,” Moore said. “If Lamar has his way, we will permanently enshrine Obamacare into the budget. We will never get rid of it.”

The crowd was large and enthusiastic.

The crowd applauded and cheered when Moore said, “We’ve got to tell Lamar, ‘Hell no on Obamacare!’ ”

Moore said he believes people should be free to buy the insurance policy of their choice, including across state lines, and that it should work similar to auto insurance. Many people would be able to get policies at almost half of the price they’re paying for Obamacare, he said. Moore also blamed insurance companies for selling out to former President Obama.

The U.S. is at a crossroads with health care, Moore said, and we eventually will decide on free-market remedies or go with a government-run single-payer system, which he said would “work just as well as the VA [Veterans Affairs] system.”

Gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers and Tennessee Republican Assembly president Sharon Ford were among the members of the audience who joined Moore and Puzder in delivering the “Axes to Taxes” message.

Despite setbacks with the Affordable Care Act, there is still progress under Trump for conservatives to cheer, Moore said. Trump has slashed 16 regulations for every new one, and has brought back the coal industry and an emphasis on energy independence so we can be self-reliant “instead of buying from terrorists trying to kill us,” Moore said. He also noted that Trump is pushing for large-scale business tax cuts and supports incentives to encourage corporations doing business overseas to bring profits back to America.

Moore, who has served as an economic adviser for Trump, shared a story from campaigning in Ohio. A Midwest native from Illinois, Moore was traveling through small towns in the Buckeye State and saw sign after sign for Trump for about 40 minutes until finally he saw one for Hillary. But when he got up close, he saw that it said, “Hillary for Prison.”

Pollsters and many in the mainstream media were caught off guard by Trump’s victory because from their vantage points in their insular liberal worlds, they didn’t see how much support he was gaining across the country, Moore said. There also were many who didn’t visibly support Trump, but voted for him on election day, he said.

Former CEO of CKE Restaurants and Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder demonstrated a great command of the key economic indicators.

During his speech, Puzder echoed much of what Moore had to say about Trump ushering in an age of prosperity. The country is currently experiencing an “economic explosion” that would be headline news in the mainstream media every day if Obama were still in office, Puzder said.

“We’ve got more people working better jobs,” he said. “Claims for unemployment benefits are at 40-plus year lows. Median household income, household net worth and job openings all set record highs so far this year, and small businesses are hiring.”

Until recently, Puzder was the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains. He stepped down not long after his nomination for labor secretary was engulfed in controversies.

Puzder was involved in relocating the company this year from California to Middle Tennessee, where it set up its headquarters in Cool Springs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Puzder lived in California for 25 years but now lives in Franklin.

“I needed to move back to America,” he said.

You can watch a video of part of Moore’s speech here:

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5 Thoughts to “Economist Stephen Moore Blasts Senator Lamar Alexander and ‘Turncoat’ Republicans During Nashville Visit”

  1. Cary Duncan

    Alexander needs to be voted out along with Corker. Hopefully 2 real conservatives will be elected in their place.

  2. I went to the “mouth of the spring” and asked Alexander. He said ( by email) he voted for the repeal three times and would do it again. His words. So who has their story wrong ? Not wanting to argue ; just want to get the story straight.

    1. Gordon Poole

      I got the same e-mail, And Alexander did vote against Rand Paul’s amendment for a clean repeal He is just playing on words like he has done in the past. Lamar Alexander is a sneaky – – –

  3. Jim Forsythe

    Stephen is absolutely correct. Alexander should go ahead and admit to being a Obama democrat, and stop claiming to be a Republican.

  4. All of the speakers were INCREDIBLE, and pointed out just what positive historic changes President Trump has brought to our country. If you are not an active member of the Tennessee Republican Assembly, you SHOULD be!