UNION — The guest speaker at Monday evening’s meeting of the Union County Democratic Party was Robby Wells, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 race for U.S. President.
Wells began his speech by introducing himself. He told a story about a young woman who fell in love with a married man and had an unwanted pregnancy. He said the woman had already set up an appointment to terminate the pregnancy, but at the final moments, she decided to give the child a chance and put him up for adoption.
“Now I’ve never met that lady, but if I could, I would thank her for setting my life in motion because that’s my birth mom,” Wells said.
Wells said while professionally and politically the president has little to do with abortion issues, personally, he is a pro-life Democrat.
Wells was adopted at six weeks old by a Baptist minister and his wife.
“I believe that anything in this country is possible,” Wells said. “When I was a very young kid, we were living in Georgia, and my father, being a minister, got to meet a lot of influential people. He was offered a position working with then-governor Jimmy Carter.”
Wells said his father sat on a committee which oversaw children with special needs in Georgia, as he had an older sister with special needs.
“I saw Jimmy Carter go from being a peanut farmer to being the Governor of Georgia to being the President of the United States, and that happened when I was eight years old in 1976,” Wells said. “I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do that one day.’ I’m in the process of doing that right now.”
Wells’ background is in education and coaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Furman University in 1990, and in 2000, he earned a master’s degree in adult education from the University of South Carolina. Wells has coached football at Greer High School, C.E. Murray High School, Savannah State University, Benedict College, and South Carolina State University. He also coached at the University of South Carolina under Coach Lou Holtz, who Wells considers a mentor.
In 2006, Wells joined the Army National Guard.
Wells touched on some of his plans for the country if he were to be elected as President. He said that in 1860, the people of the U.S. elected an underdog as President (Abraham Lincoln), and he believes it’s time for a President in Washington to break the chains of enslavement that are on each and every U.S. citizen because of the current economic system. Wells has a plan for an economic system he calls Eaglenomics.
“It takes the absolute best from the left and the absolute best from the right,” he said. “It’s time to put pride aside. Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, it’s not about that. This is not the liberal states of America, and it’s not the conservative states of America. It’s not about the blue states or the red states; it’s about these United States.”
Wells pointed out that the U.S. has lost millions of manufacturing jobs in the past two and one-half decades, and he has a plan to bring them back. He also pointed out that there are over 17 million single parents in the U.S. raising over 20 million children.
“I am pushing for universal child care so we can put single parents back to work,” he said. “It’s time to return this country to greatness.”
Wells said the country has been in constant conflict in the Middle East with war after war.
“It’s all because we are not energy independent right here in this country,” he said. “We’ve got a plan to become energy independent right here, which is going to get us out of all these crazy conflicts in the Middle East.”
Wells also mentioned that the U.S. is 36th in the world in terms of education.
“That means there are 35 nations that are better than us,” he said. “Of those 35, the majority, we give foreign aid to. As President, I would push to keep that foreign aid right here.”
Wells said he believes it’s time for the country to return to the ideals of loving and serving others.
“The love of an overworked and underpaid school teacher who is willing to serve her students to make sure they are prepared for life. The love of a volunteer who is willing to serve the homeless veterans without even a pat on the back. The love of a single mom willing to serve her children by working a job through the night. The love of our young people in this country who are willing to serve in the military and lay their lives on the line. The love of a bald headed football coach that is willing to serve the people of the United States.”
Wells’ campaign slogan is “Rise up!”
“It’s time for us to start working hand-in-hand, side by side,” Wells said. “It’s time for us to stare down our fear of each other’s differences with the face of courage. I’m asking the entire country to rise up with me.”
Wells said a major announcement will be made at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 30) at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte regarding a driver who will display Wells’ campaign logo on the driver’s car for several races.
For more information about the Robby Wells campaign, visit www.robbywells2016.com.