FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2014
Maness's Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.) delivered the following remarks at the election party this evening at about 9:30 p.m.
President Kennedy challenged a generation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Three years ago, I traded in my dress blues for blue jeans, took off my military-issued political blinders and tuned in to the dangerous path our elected officials in Washington were taking. I saw none of the positive, soaring, unifying ideals of Kennedy & Reagan and only out-of-touch, career politicians who spoke loudly in opposition, but were silent in their vision.
My grandson, Kellan, was born at only 28 weeks - he fit in the palm of my hand. I looked at him and realized: no one today is answering President Kennedy's challenge. Who would fight for Kellan? What kind of future would he inherit? America is at risk, so I knew then, that I needed to take action.
So I got in my truck and got back to fighting for our country.
While we may have fallen short tonight, we shocked the establishments, the media and we Made DC Listen!
We just heard from Congressman Cassidy and Sen. Landrieu - I congratulated them on advancing to the runoff and discussed our mutual love for Louisiana. They complimented us on the great race that *you* ran with limited resources and a lot of heart.
We started with a truck and a passion, wrestled some gators... even introduced one of them to a Mama Grizzly. We got pulled over by the police, guzzled some gumbo, changed some flat tires and met some of the most amazing folks in the world - Louisianans. As one candidate once said "it was worth it... every bone-crunching minute of it!"
We visited all 64 parishes, and as of tonight, our truck hit 84,500 miles. What did we hear along the way? Louisiana wants more accountability from their elected officials! Louisianans deserve Senators who live here among us! Louisianans know that we don't work for Washington; Washington works for us. We know that it's time for fresh leadership in Washington, and for sure we know that it is high time for MARY LANDRIEU TO GO!
And the math supports that tonight!
So thank you - from the bottom of my heart:
- Thank you to Candy and my family, for her love, patience and support.
- Thank you to the voters who tuned out the media filter and entrusted me with your vote, I will never forget it.
- Thank you to the veterans, service members and their family members for ensuring our freedom!
- To the Team Maness Army who stood up, took a chance and fought with me. Our work is not done - over the next five weeks we'll keep working hard and on December 6th, I'll be right with you with that moving truck on Capitol Hill.
We proposed bold ideas in this campaign...
- reforming the penal system to give non-violent juvenile offenders a fresh chance at the American dream;
- opening our natural resources to exploration while holding companies accountable for conservation;
- returning control of education to parents; and
- taking billions from the bureaucracy of the failed Veterans Administration and putting it directly in the hands of our vets.
These aren't party ideas - these are American ideas to return the power in our country to 'we the people.'
You know, when you spend 32 years in the Air Force soaring above our fruited plains and our purple mountains' majesty... soaring high above the land of the free and the home of the brave, there simply are no red states or blue states, just the United States... a nation below of the people - of us; our nation; who all want a better life for our children and grandchildren marked by liberty, prosperity and certainty.
My belief in our country has never been stronger. America is the last best hope on earth. Our fight goes on, our passion endures, the dream still lives, and our spirit shall never die.
Thank you! I love God, I love you, I love Louisiana... and God Bless these United States!
Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.) is a conservative, a vet, and one of us. During a 32-year career in the Air Force, he rose from the lowest enlisted rank at age 17 to full Colonel. He is running for the United States Senate in Louisiana in 2014. Since announcing his candidacy, Rob has traveled over 84,500 miles in his truck and visited all 64 parishes. He has completed his 50-town-hall tour, where heintroduced 8 positive, forward-thinking plans to solve the challenges facing Louisiana and our country. He has been endorsed by Governor Sarah Palin, Senate Conservatives Fund, Family Research Council, Gun Owners of America, National Association of Gun Rights, Gun Rights Across America, Eagle Forum, and Tea Party Express. Rob's message is one of liberty, prosperity, and certainty, and he has signed a Contract with Louisiana stating his commitment to the people so that the people can hold him accountable. For more about Col. Maness, click here.