God and Country Banquet draws legislators, state officials

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 15:12 PM.

“I just view it as a part of their tired old playbook, trying to come back with the same old liberal positions that aren’t working. That’s why we won in 2010. That’s why we added to our numbers in 2012. That’s why Romney carried this state. They need to come up with a new message and they need to recognize that where they wanted to take this state is not generally where the citizens wanted to go.”

The God and Country Banquet regularly draws state politicians, and Speciale called the event a place to meet constituents.

“People like to be around like-minded people,” he said. “This is a good forum for the Christians. You don’t have to be a conservative to be here, but generally when you look around that’s who you’re seeing. It’s just a great way to share some camaraderie and be around people that think the way you do.”

Tillis was attending the event for the first time.

“I live clear across the other side of the state, but this gets really the foundation of our party together,” he said. “They are the ones that are usually out there helping us with campaigns. They are the ones that actually make our party better, so it’s a good event. It’s something that I would like to come to more often.”

Bill Harrison drove from New Bern to attend the banquet.

“I think people once a year want to come to an event that’s very positive,” he said. “They want to learn a little bit about not just the rest of the country but the rest of the world, and it’s an event that allows that to happen.



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