ROBERTSDALE — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the House Judiciary Committee chairman, came to Alabama over the weekend to rally for U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise). Moore is running for Alabama's first congressional district.
Jordan took the stage at the "Never Stop Fighting – America First" rally in Robertsdale on Saturday.
Despite the rainy weather, about 200 people came out to listen to what Jordan had to say. Jordan addressed what he calls "crazy" policies, such as border policy, national defense policies that put Americans at risk and policies that defund law enforcement.
"It is crazy to think that non-citizens should vote," Jordan continued. "It is crazy to think that boys should compete against girls in sports."
The chairman thanked law enforcement who attended the rally. After proclaiming that President Joe Biden has done "stupid" things, he named examples.
"We literally went from a secure border to no border," Jordan said. "We went from safe streets to record crime; we went from two-dollar gas to a crazy energy policy, two-dollar gas and went to three-four-five-dollar gas. We went from stable prices to record inflation, all in, frankly, three years with Joe Biden."
"And we went from President Trump, who projects strength from the Oval Office, to Joe Biden, who projects, you know, Joe Biden, right?" he continued.
Jordan said America can overcome what has happened, adding Moore has been working alongside him in Washington to do just that. He said it is important to protect the rights of the people. Jordan said he is standing behind Moore because he is willing to fight for things conservatives care about, and he said Moore will do what he says he will do, just like former President Donald Trump.
"God bless you for getting off the sidelines and getting in the game," said Jordan. "Only in the game can you make a difference, and we appreciate that so much."
Jordan asked for votes for Moore and Trump before leaving the event. His next stop in Alabama was a rally for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).
Following the rally, Moore said he was thankful for his supporters who came out despite the rainy weather.
"It's so encouraging, and it's just great to have Jim here as part of the team," said Moore. "These are the patriots. They're willing to weather the storms to see a few guys and give support, and we’re willing to weather the storms to save the nation, so we make a great team."
Baldwin County is expected to be an important part of the race on election day, and many local leaders have already voiced support for Moore's opponent, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile). They have said Carl has helped bring in federal dollars. Moore said while he is a fiscal conservative, he has priorities on the local level.
"There are needs, and we do some grant work," said Moore. "I've done a lot of work on grants. I understand the mayors lobbying for money. I understand the county commissions and the sheriffs lobbying for money. But when you're in the federal government, and you print that money to get those votes, there's a price that all the people pay. Now, your mayor may be happy, but everyone's suffering from 17% inflation. So, you have to be willing to say, 'No.' You have to make the tough choices, in infrastructure and defense. We do that."
Moore said it's important for him to prioritize items and realize the difference between needs and wants.
"I think it takes a measured response," he continued. "Sometimes, when they ask for help with grants, and certainly I help with grants, but guys, we're looking at spending $2 trillion more than we take in this year. Our debt has gone up 83,000 a second. At some point, you've got to look at people and say, 'There are things that are more important than a walking trail in a local community.' It's saving this nation and reinvesting in infrastructure and defense that may, in fact, create jobs and keep us safe."
The GOP primary is on March 5.
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