Congressman Steve Pearce and U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson arrive at the G.O.P. Headquarters during a visit to Roswell, Saturday. Mark Wilson Photo
Congressman Steve Pearce spent some time with Chaves County residents at the Monterey Shopping Center, Saturday, making Roswell a stop on his district-wide bus tour that will take him to 20 cities before Election Day.
Pearce was joined Saturday by U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson, R-Albuquerque, Sen. Bill Burt, R-Alamogordo, Rep. Bob Wooley, R-Roswell, Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, and Republican state Senate candidate Cliff Pirtle.
Pearce, R-Hobbs, is running against Evelyn Madrid Erhard, D-Las Cruces, in the race for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2.
“Right now it’s all about getting the vote out,” Pearce said. “In other words, everybody’s pretty well decided who they’re going to vote for.
It’s just a matter of who goes to the polls.”
A little more than 10,000 residents of Chaves County had already voted early or by absentee before Thursday, a large number that Pearce said is a reflection of the area’s desire for change. “It’s tremendously important. We’re poised right now to choose between two directions. The president has said he’d like to fundamentally transform America, and it’s been obvious that he’s moving us towards the European, socialist economies. We’re seeing those fail, and so my question always is, ‘Exactly what is it over there that we want?’
“The other choice is really smaller, more effective, leaner, efficient government. Lower taxes — give people money back so they can pay their rent. Right now the middle class is really struggling. So I think those are the two choices. And I think people are going to overwhelmingly choose our path and not the path of Europe.”
Wilson, who is running against Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-Albuquerque, for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, said, “the country is going in the wrong direction” and that she believes “there’s a better path.” “We’ve taken on $5 trillion of new debt in the past four years — the largest, fastest increase in debt in American history. We’ve lost 30,000 jobs here in this state, and Congressman Heinrich is off kind of chasing a ‘Green Dream’ on energy and not paying attention to oil and gas jobs here. He’s an environmental guy, he’s a green guy, and that’s not right for this corner of the state.”