Budd becomes the third major Republican candidate – following former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory そして former Rep. Mark Walker – to jump into the race to succeed retiring GOP その. リチャード・バー in the crucial general election battleground state.
“I believe in freedom, capitalism and putting America first. And that whole defund the police thing is crazy,” the three-term congressman says in a campaign launch video that was shared first with Fox News.
Budd emphasized that “私は 100% pro-life and I even think that elections should be fair and secure. I’m a political outsider who can’t be bought by the swamp, and I don’t give a rip about their Washington games.”
And he added that he and his wife “home-schooled our kids before it was cool. We even read Dr. Seuss to them, and they turned out just fine.”
Noting that he grew up on his family’s farm in Davie County, ノースカロライナ州, Budd stressed that “I’ve shoveled a lot of manure on my family’s farm, and it’s not the dirtiest job that I’ve ever had now that I’ve been to Congress.”
Taking aim at バイデン大統領, 上院多数党首 チャックシューマー and House Speaker ナンシーペロシ, the top three Democrats in the nation’s capital, Budd charged that “ジョー・バイデン, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, are shredding our Constitution, creating an unprecedented crisis at the southern border, cutting American jobs, and mortgaging our children’s future with massive debts.”
Arguing that “Biden is a weak leader who won’t stand up to the radical left,” Budd spotlighted that “アメリカ. Senate is the last line of defense against becoming a woke, socialist, wasteland. And I’m running to stop that, 期間。”
議員, who owns a gun store, is seen at the end of the video driving a red monster truck – emblazoned with “Ted Budd U.S. 上院” on the doors and an American flag flying from the rear – over three cars labeled “Liberal Agenda.”
Budd, who represents North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, which covers portions of the north-central part of the state, also touted his support for ドナルド・トランプ前大統領, saying that he was “so fed up with the liberals’ attacks on our faith, 私たちの家族, and our way of life that I ran for Congress to stand and fight alongside Donald Trump and drain the swamp and take our country back.”
Budd’s video includes clips of Trump from the 2020 キャンペーントレイル, 言って, “Ted Budd is a champion for the people of this state… he voted to cut your taxes, build a border wall, and protect your Second Amendment rights…. Ted, what a great warrior you’ve been.”
Sources close to Budd tell Fox News that the congressman was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, フロリダ, last weekend for a fundraiser, and talked with the former president about his likely bid for the Senate. The conversation was characterized as “positive.”