By John Wickline
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told the Lewis County Lincoln Day Dinner gathering on Sunday that America can ill afford to wait another four years before electing Mitt Romney, saying that the current adminstration's philosophy is not in tune with America.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Mary Lou Myers is honored for her more than 40 years of public service during Sunday’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Weston. She was named the Republican of the Year by the Lewis County Republican Executive Committee.
Capito was the featured speaker at the annual Republican dinner, which also drew U.S. Senatorial candidate John Raese, state Supreme Court Justice candidate Allen Loughry and gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney.
"Americans understand that $15 trillion of debt is not sustainable," Capito said. "You're trying not to do that in your own families. It's time we learn that in Washington."
Raese, a Morgantown business owner, said people are concerned about the future of America, and it's up to those same people to bring about those changes.
"The reason we are not competitive is we have an (Environmental Protection Agency) and a president who are anti-capitalist," Raese said. "I think we need somebody new at the EPA. I think we need somebody new as president, and I think we need a new United States senator from West Virginia."
Maloney, of Morgantown, said the state needs to revise its business climate to make it easier to run a business in the state.
"We need to have confidence in our state so people will want to come here and invest," he said.
Maloney said West Virginia should be leading the nation down the path to energy independence, and he urged state leaders to set an example by converting its vehicle fleet to run on natural gas. He also urged the creation of natural gas service stations throughout the state.
"You lead by example," he said.