Tillis talks reopening NC, slams Cunningham during stop in Brunswick County

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Senator Thom Tillis stopped in Brunswick County at the Republican Headquarters in Bolivia Friday morning, trying to convince voters to send him back to Washington.

The senator first made remarks about his opponent, Cal Cunningham. He addressed his scandal and challenged him to debates every day until the election if he would accept.

Tillis spoke about Amy Coney Barrett becoming the newest Supreme Court justice, saying how much he values an independent court.

Tillis says he has faith that Barrett will interpret law without having her personal beliefs influence her decisions and republicans may not be happy about every outcome, but that is what he appreciates about an independent judiciary.

He also addressed the local economy, saying the state cannot take another shutdown.

“I think everybody recognizes the threat of COVID, but they also understand the threat and the number of victims that we could potentially encounter if we were to shut down the economy. We have to figure out a way to set rules of the road that will let everybody go back to work if they can safely, give people the option to stay at home if they’re at risk, and open up schools,” Tillis said. “That’s something that’s become one of the key issues. Parents of grade school children in particular are worried that their children are losing a year of education by not having the classroom experience.”

Tillis says he voted for the half a trillion dollar relief package, but both parties were not able to reach an agreement. Now, talks of stimulus have stalled until after the election.

Tillis says people need support.

“We’ve got to provide individual payments to people who are struggling. I for one think that we should provide some resources to states but not for failed states who were in fiscal trouble long before COVID,” he said.

He says voters should keep in mind what the economy was like in February.

“Record high employment among African Americans and Hispanics and among women. The economy growing at a fast pace,” Tillis said. “We can get back to that.”

WWAY’s Sydney Bouchelle asked Tillis what he expects to happen on Election Day and he says he anticipates a win for himself and that President Donald Trump will win the state as well.

WWAY has reached out to the Cunningham campaign for a statement, but has not yet heard back.

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