HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Republican Senate nominee Ed Gillespie visited Three Brothers Brewery on Thursday for a campaign stop.
He chose to stop at the brewery because he believes Harrisonburg is an important part of Virginia, in terms of the upcoming election, and that Three Brothers has become an important part of Harrisonburg.
Gillespie said he's been making a point to talk to small business owners about regulations and rules that have been affecting their business.
While at the brewery, he toured the facility and talked with the owner.
One issue that was brought up is how the brewery must dehydrate and package its extra grain in vacuum-packed plastic to then send off for cow feed.
"We're trying to make it easier on small businesses to grow and hire than it is today because of too many excessive federal regulations," said Gillespie. "We have more businesses closing than opening in Virginia today and all across the country. We need to turn that around if we're actually going to get our economic growth rate to where it needs to be."
In response to Gillespie's visit, David Turner, one of Mark Warner's spokesman sent this response:
"Senator Warner has a long track record of helping companies in the Commonwealth grow. He created nearly 130,000 jobs as Governor, and in the Senate he worked with a bipartisan group of Senators to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which provided significant tax relief and new tools to help small businesses hire new workers and replenish inventories. In fact, because of his continuous efforts to protect and grow Virginia's small businesses, Senator Warner was recently named Legislator of the Year by the National Retail Federation, which represents retailers and small businesses employing more than one million Virginians.
As a top adviser to the Bush-Cheney administration, Ed Gillespie advocated for the very policies that led our nation into the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Virginia needs more problem solvers, not more 'partisan warriors,' as Ed Gillespie has called himself."
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