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U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie hits the Fauquier County Fair

Saturday, Jul. 19 | By Jonathan Hunley
U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie shakes hands with a fellow Republican, Del. Michael Webert, on Saturday at the Fauquier County Fair. Later, Gillespie, who faces Democrat Mark Warner, was bound for an event with Rep. Robert Hurt. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The recent surge of immigrant children trying to enter America without permission reinforces the idea that the nation's borders must be secure, U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said Saturday.

"We have not only a right but a responsibility as a nation to secure our border," the Republican said.

Gillespie was at the Fauquier County Fair at midday to talk to voters about his run against Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat.

He said that keeping potentially dangerous immigrants out of the country would allow the U.S. to have a "rational" system to allow in foreigners who would be productive citizens.

Another significant immigration problem comes from formerly legal visitors overstaying visas and remaining here, Gillespie said, which shows the need for visa reform.

"If that were a, you know, private-sector problem, it would be fixed by now," he said.

On other matters, Gillespie said that folks at the fair wanted to hear about the same issues as residents in other parts of Virginia: jobs, wages, health care and energy prices.

"And people like to know that we've got a positive plan to make those things better," Gillespie said.

Warner campaign spokesman David Turner, however, said the Democrat is the one to tackle the issues facing the commonwealth.

"Ed Gillespie is a self-declared partisan warrior and million-dollar lobbyist who helped create the gridlock in Washington and would only make things worse," Turner said in an email. "Virginians want a problem solver, not a partisan warrior."

After leaving the fair, Gillespie was bound for Altavista, where he was to appear at an event with Rep. Robert Hurt, a Republican who represents most of Fauquier.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Fauquier Times.

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