U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, promised to stick to his conservative agenda if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate.
Banks, of Columbia City, is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Mike Braun, who wants to run for Indiana governor. He spoke March 13 in Fort Wayne to Republican faithful gathered at the Allen County Republican Party headquarters on Main Street.
“How can we trust you,” an attendee asked. “We sent (Republican) Todd Young to the Senate and he turned around and voted for the Biden omnibus bill.”
“Sir, my record speaks for itself,” Banks responded.
Banks said in his seven years in Congress he’s seen several legislators say they will “drain the swamp,” he said. “They get elected, they walk up those steps to the Capitol and they look out over the swamp, and what do they do? They put on their bathing suit. Not me.”
About 150 people RSVP’d for the monthly breakfast event held by Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine. At the end of the event, Banks presented Shine with an engraved mug and a Champagne from 1993 to mark Shine’s 30th year as chairman.
Banks spent several minutes talking about the need to rebuild the wall along the U.S. border to Mexico that President Donald Trump started. Banks said China-manufactured deadly fentanyl is coming to the U.S. through the Mexico border, making the drug cartels rich. Like he has with his grandmother, he promises not to cut Social Security benefits. He said the Biden administration has weakened America, making countries such as Iran and North Korea more threatening.
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