“All he’s said is, ‘I’m a nice guy that sneaks a piece of pie every once in a while and knows some lady named Kempie in Memphis.’ ... Where does he stand on some of these issues? Where’s he going to make these tough cuts he’s talking about? Where is he really on Second Amendment rights? I don’t think he knows a 12-gauge shotgun from a 20-gauge shotgun. And suddenly he says, ‘I’m the real deal.’ "
If Haslam fades, he will regret failing to say something substantial in his ads. By taking solid conservative positions rather than sneaking chocolate pie and walking in the rain with his red umbrella, he might have blunted the charge that he's a squish.
NEW POLL SHOWS HASLAM WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD OVER RIVALS 11 DAYS BEFORE PRIMARY
Mason-Dixon Poll Corroborates Previous Polls Indicating Haslam Strongest in General Election
KNOXVILLE — A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam with an 11-percentage point lead over his closest competitor nearly 10 days away from the Aug. 5 primary.
Conducted from July 19-21, the poll also indicates Haslam would be the strongest Republican candidate for governor primary voters could select to run in the general election. The numbers also indicate Haslam’s opponents are running failing, stagnant campaigns.
This news — along with former Gov. Mitt Romney’s recent endorsement, another public poll showing him with a double-digit lead and the great crowds seen on his Early Voting Tour — shows Haslam is the only candidate that can lay claim to momentum with 11 days remaining in the Primary.
“The only poll that matters is the one less than two weeks away on Aug. 5,” Haslam said. “Crissy and I have been working 18 months to get right where we are, and we’re going to continue working hard and taking our message of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs directly to Tennessee voters.”
Haslam knows the right way to develop a plan is take your ideas to the people and include them in the process. His blueprint for making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs — released last month — was developed from Haslam’s creative solutions, taking them to the small business owners, parents, educators and various professionals and listening, learning and receiving their input.
“We have a volunteer-support network that is organized, prepared and vast,” said Mark Cate, Campaign Manager. “Tennesseans are eager to vote for Bill Haslam because he’s run a good, professional campaign talking about the issues that matter most: jobs, conservative budget management, and strengthening education.
“Any candidate who says they have the momentum right now who isn’t Bill Haslam is just plain wrong,” Cate said. “But Mayor Haslam would never say that because Crissy and he are too busy working for every last vote across the state.”
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.