As Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander laid out his stance on Syria this week, he included a campaign pitch in defense of moderation.
Alexander was talking to a receptive audience—the kind you’d expect him to bank on for re-election, as he girds to face a conservative tea party challenge in next year’s GOP primary.
Alexander told the Rotary Club in downtown Nashville his party needs to say what it’s in favor of, rather than just scrapping to see who hates Obamacare the most. As in an op-ed last month, he emphasized results, even when it requires compromising.
“I don’t belong to a shut-down-the-government crowd. I belong to a – I hope – to a take-over-the-government crowd and let’s get some results. On healthcare, what I think, what I would suggest to people on my side of the aisle, is that we say what we’re for – is that we say what we would do if we were trusted with the government.”
That’s not to say Alexander is above touting his 23 votes against Obamacare, as he does in a recent TV ad. It came on the heels of a radio attack accusing him of not fighting tooth-and-nail against the healthcare law.