By Carolyn Farr Smith
Rep. Jeff Duncan gave his own introduction at the Greenville Republican Women's Club.
While he doesn't currently serve voters in Greenville County as the Third Congressional District representative, the southern portion of the county will become a part of his district during the November election.
"I'm going to be bold," Duncan said. "I don't want you to try to guess where Jeff Duncan is coming from. I don't want you to have to look up on the voting board to see how Jeff is going to vote on a certain issue. If I convey the message appropriately, you should know that if it's a Conservative Republican position, that's where I'm going to be."
For Duncan the Conservative Republican position means limited government, free markets and individual liberties.
Duncan spoke at length about the camaraderie between himself and the other freshman GOP in the South Carolina, a contingent that has attracted national attention.
Duncan noted that this Congress has been criticized as "the do-nothing Congress," but he believes that the last Congress did too much to violate freedoms and liberties individuals have. Duncan hammered home this point by reminded the audience that the country is more in debt today than it was four years ago, gasoline was about a $1.84 a gallon four years ago and unemployment was below eight percent.
Duncan then turned to the Presidential race, where Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to easily carry the Palmetto State, but be in for a battle nationally.
"This election is about jobs and the economy," Duncan said. "We need to get back to the business plan that was written for our nation and this is it right here," Duncan said holding up a copy of the U.S. Constitution. "We shouldn't have this much drama in Washington. There's only 18 things in here we should be dealing with, everything else we are out of bounds on."
"If I was Mitt Romney I would say, 'you know America we are headed the wrong direction, we are headed off the cliff, I've been a turnaround guy and I will help you, if you give me that shot and I will turn this nation around and we will be successful again.'"
That statement drew the admiration from at least one Romney supporter-- Maryann Riley of Spartanburg who presented Duncan with a "United with Romney" button after his remarks.