Richard Hudson, a candidate for the 8th District, took center stage — if only briefly — at the Republican National Convention Tuesday afternoon.
Hudson was one of three North Carolina Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives to take to the podium for brief appearances in the national spotlight.
“This election is about real people — people who are suffering under the policies of President Obama and his friends like Larry Kissell,” Hudson said before a convention floor packed with delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Fla.
“…you cannot support Barack Obama if you want to stop the spending, stop the waste and stop the assault on our values,” Hudson said. “It’s not just time for a change — it’s time for the great American comeback. I give you my word, I will fight every day for what’s right. Because it’s not about politics, it’s about people.”
Hudson will face incumbent US Rep. Larry Kissell and write-in candidate Antonio Blue in the fall.
Hudson was joined in speaking by fellow North Carolina congressional candidates Mark Meadows (District 11) and David Rouzer (District 7). The North Carolina candidates took to the stage just after 3 p.m. It was the most congressional candidate speakers from any state, an indication of the importance the GOP is placing on North Carolina. The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $1.2 million to defeat Kissell. Executive Director Guy Harrison called Kissell the “weakest incumbent in the country.” Democrats dismissed such language. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending $1.1 million to help Kissell. Polls show the race remains too close to call. “It’s no surprise that Washington insiders continue to think they know what North Carolina needs or wants or should do,” Christopher Shuler, Kissell’s spokesman told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s also no surprise that, once again, they’re wrong.”