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U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins visits LaGrange

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins spoke at Lafayette Square on Tuesday morning, campaigning for votes as the November special election draws nearer.

Collins spent part of his speech Tuesday focused on the movement to defund the police.

“I was commenting on it before, and now I’m just mad,” he said. “This idea of defunding the police, disrespecting the police and disrespecting our civil society has got to end, and it’s got to end now.”

Collins specifically referenced an incident in New York City where an officer was attacked and put in a chokehold.

“All I’ve got to say is Mayor [Bill] de Blasio, AOC, get yourself in a patrol car and do the job before you start complaining about the job,” Collins said. 

He spoke for about 10 minutes, hitting on a wide range of topics. 

“I have been fighting against this wave that is going on in Washington, DC led by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and others that want to move us away from the foundations of who we are as a country, from a capitalist system from our system of free enterprise and our system of growth,” Collins said. 

“And what we’re moving toward is something where they want government to be in control. I don’t know about you, but how many of you think government’s the right solution? Not me.”

Collins spoke to The LaGrange Daily News after his speech Tuesday, discussing the state of COVID-19 in the country, education and the importance of broadband internet access. 

He said internet access is an essential need. 

“This is almost like bringing electric power to the country. In fact, in some ways it’s more important because our internet and our broadband is such a key for our jobs, education and our economy,” Collins said. 

“You can still read by candlelight, but you can’t do research, you can’t do other things without the internet and that broadband capability. It is going to be an even bigger priority for me [now] … There is going to be some hard to reach areas, but it should not be the majority of people.”

Collins also spoke at American Smokehouse in West Point on Tuesday evening. Collins is up against Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and Democrats Matt Lieberman, Ed Tarver and Raphael Warnock in a special election that will be held Nov. 3. Loeffler is scheduled to be in Troup County Thursday.