By Bob Stuart, News Virginian Reporter
WAYNESBORO, OCTOBER 1 — The message was clear Saturday at the grand opening of the Waynesboro Republican Committee headquarters.
It’s time to get behind the Trump-Pence Republican ticket in November for the good of the country.
Elected officials and card-carrying Republicans turned out on a rainy Saturday to open the local office at Willow Oak Plaza. The message that resonated consistently was that the country cannot take another four years of Democratic leadership.
Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who represents Waynesboro as part of his district, said the county could survive a Hillary Clinton presidency but said “we will come away bruised and beaten.” Bell said he is less sure what might happen if Clinton gets to appoint several Supreme Court justices.
“I’m not sure we can survive three to four Supreme Court appointments with Hillary Clinton,” said Bell. He pleaded with local Republicans to vote in November.
“It’s a big election. I don’t know if there has been a bigger one in my lifetime,” Bell said. The delegate said the national economy is flat, and would not improve under a Clinton presidency.
Cynthia Dunbar, Virginia’s Republican National Committeewoman, said constitutional beliefs are at stake in this year’s presidential race.
She said Clinton wants to expand government and add regulations, while Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is about “shrinking government and giving control to the people. We want our country back.”
Ultimately, Dunbar said the power resides with people to return to the country’s core beliefs. She said a Republican victory could take away the federal Affordable Care Act and “chronic executive overreach.”
Waynesboro City Council member Pete Marks kicked off the morning’s comments, saying the country “is at a tipping point.”
Ken Adams, chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee, said the demand for campaign signs locally is at a record high. Adams said the local party has also expanded its net to offer internships to young Republicans under the age of 18.
“They work in the headquarters and do literature drops,” said Adams, who said the interns also learn about campaign issues.