Editor's Note: The following is Part 2 of 2 in an interview the Daily Mountain Eagle had with U.S. Senate Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville. The interview can also be viewed in its entirety on the DME YouTube page.
U.S. Senate Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville strongly defended President Trump Monday, saying "a vote for me is a vote for Donald Trump."
Tuberville, the former head football coach at Auburn, is one of several GOP candidates vying for the nomination on March 3 to run against the incumbent Democrat, Doug Jones, in November 2020. He was in Jasper to speak to the local BamaCarry chapter. He also taped a Daily Mountain Eagle podcast recently when in town to speak to the East Walker Chamber fo Commerce.
Tuberville said he is running as he is concerned about the direction of the nation and its leadership., noting he has traveled across the state and the South often over the years.
"I traveled to the Middle East twice for two presidents," he said. In recruiting, he has been in "rich homes and poor homes," understanding how people are living, and has been in many businesses over the years.
"I've dealt with huge drug problems. I've dealt with mental health problems," he said. "I've done it all."
Tuberville said he has an advantage over people who sit behind a desk, "like a lot of these politicians," and people who don't travel to go into homes, schools and businesses to see what is happening.
He said he retired at a relatively early age and is able to still help. "I don't need the job. I want the job. I want to go to Washington, D.C. and be a voice for the people of Alabama and the people of this country.
"I am a Donald Trump fan. A vote for me is a vote for Donald Trump. I believe what he is doing has got this country back on the right track," Tuberville said.
He said he would like to address education, adding he has worked in education for 40 years. "We've got to get our education back on the right track. We've got some good teachers. We've got good administrators. But we've lost our philosophy over the years," he said. Without action, "we're going to educate several generations in this country that really don't understand this country, how we got here, why we are at the place we are right now and where we are going to wind up if we don't get it changed."
Tuberville said it is hard to keep up with the Trump impeachment issue as everyone has a different opinion of the phone transcript of the president's call with the Ukrainian leader.
"What I saw released, they have no grounds for any kind of impeachment. I don't understand what they are talking about," he said. "I mean, the guy is doing his job. ... We voted for President Trump. He's our duly elected president. Ever since he has been in office, they have gone after him for collusion, obstruction, racism, and what we're talking about now, the Ukrainian phone call.
"It seems like every time we turn around, there is something else. But nobody in Congress is trying to do anything for the American people. All they're trying to do is get in the way of a guy to run the country that we duly elected. It just disappoints me that we have grown people in Washington, D.C., that all they are trying to do is get in the way and run the clock out on President Trump."
He said if the president is re-elected, Trump will be able to accomplish a great deal, as he thinks opponents will run out of things to accuse him of.
Tuberville said he would not change anything that Trump has done, noting he and others voted for him thinking someone needed to "step up to the plate and speak for the American people, and not for the swamp." He described Trump as someone who is an "outsider" and not a politician, while other presidents have followed in the same paths, so that "what goes on in D.C. stays in D.C." He said the president has been speaking for the American people, and that others in Congress should do as much.
"The reason I'm running is I'm not a politician. I'm a citizen legislator. We have so many people up there who are professional politicians, career politicians, the swamp. They go up there because they need a job and they want to keep a job. I want to be elected and serce the people of the State of Alabama, and vote how they want. I don't need the money. I'm not going to take the money." He said he would give his Senate pay to "some veterans organization here in the state," saying it really should be a volunteer job with their expenses paid for.