Sen. Lamar Alexander: Voters Want Somebody Who Gets Something Done

Friday, 08 Aug 2014 12:38 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander said he won his Republican primary on Thursday because voters wanted someone who could "get something done."

"I made the argument that we didn't want a senator who could just make a conservative speech. We wanted a senator who could try to get something done," Alexander told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Friday.

Alexander handily fought off a challenge by tea party-backed candidate Joe Carr and five other contenders in a primary held Thursday, winning 50 percent of the vote. His Democratic challenger in November will be either Terry Adams or Gordon Ball, both Knoxville attorneys.

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Alexander pointed to his work in attracting the auto industry to his state and improvements to roads as reasons why he had a "reputation in Tennessee for getting things done." He said he also had the ability to work with Democrats.

"I've worked well with other people in Congress to get results. And they want results, not just speeches," he said. "I think the victory, if anything, says we've selected a nominee who's got a reputation for working across party lines and getting results."

Republicans had a "better than even chance" of taking a majority in the Senate in the fall midterm elections, Alexander predicted. He said voters of all parties are unhappy with where the country is headed.

"I think many independents and Democrats don't like the direction of the country. If we appeal to them, as well as the Republican base, we can win," he said.

Alexander said Republicans also benefited from having "good candidates across the country who can appeal to independent and Democratic voters, as well as Republicans."

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