U.S. Senate candidates Katie Britt and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL05) were in Tuscaloosa to address the Federation of College Republicans of Alabama at their annual state convention on Saturday on the campus of the University of Alabama.

“Under Joe Biden every single day this country is weaker and more vulnerable,” Britt said. “There is enough fentanyl coming across the border from China and Mexico to kill every American four times over.”

Britt said we need leadership who understand peace through strength and an administration that does not undermine our credibility across the globe. Britt said an emboldened Russia emboldens China and Iran too.

“We need leaders who are willing to stand up and say we are the greatest nation on earth even on our worst day,” Britt said. “We have got to get this country back and we can’t do it alone we need you.”

Britt warned of the opioid crisis that has gripped the state, saying that for every 100 people in this state 97.5 prescriptions of opioids.

“Where we have had leaders over the last two years who have chosen to lead through fear and control, I will lead through faith and freedom,” Britt promised.

Britt is an attorney and former President and CEO of the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA). She is a former chief of staff for Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) who is retiring at the end of this term, his sixth. Britt and her husband, Wesley, are University of Alabama graduates. She is a native of Enterprise.

Brooks is also running in the Republican primary for Senate.

“You are blessed because you are living in the United States of America," Brooks said. "The United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world. Nobody in world history has had the kind of economic prowess that we enjoy in this country. For 75 years, since the end of World War II, the United States military has been the greatest on the globe.

“We have been number one because of our foundational principles. Those foundational principles are under attack and it will be up to you and your generation.”

Brooks said there are six candidates running for this office and he is the only one who has served in elected office and has a voting record.

“I am going to do what I say I am going to do and you know that because I have a voting record to prove it,” Brooks said.

Brooks slammed Britt and Senate candidate Mike Durant for attacking him for voting against the National Defense Authorization Act when it first passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I got attacked for voting against it and that was Nancy Pelosi’s National Defense Authorization Act,” Brooks said. They both said they would have voted for it. It had a red flag law [that was] based on whispers they could take a member of the armed forces’ guns and that would have to ‘litigate to get them back.’ This is just the foot in the door. If that had passed it [would have] become the precedent for seizing firearms from the rest of the U.S. populace. They said that they we would have voted for that. Not to mention that it would also have registered our daughters for the draft.”

Lillie Boddie, Katie Britt, Mo Brooks, Mike Durant, Karla Dupriest, and Jake Schafer are running in the May 24 Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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