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In March, Evans, a retired major general in the U.S. Army, announced his intentions to run against incumbent Bart Gordon for the sixth district house seat in 2010.
"It's time we sent someone to replace our non-representing representative," Evans told the crowd. "This campaign is about 'We the people.'"
Ramsey was introduced by State Sen. Jim Tracy, and, in turn, introduced Evans. Ramsey said he saw Evans' campaign as further proof that Tennessee's voters were eager for conservative Republican leadership.
"2006 -- a year that was not good for Republicans, but held a Republican majority in Tennessee," he said. "We in the state of Tennessee bucked the national trend. We actually increased our majority 19 to 14. For five or six years there, we traveled the state, selling the message that it matter who governs," Ramsey added.
He said the current political atmosphere in Washington has him concerned -- but the willingness of people to serve encourages him.
"We can see Washington headed in the wrong direction more than we've ever seen it, at least in my life," said Ramsey. "They keep saying there's going to be a change. When Obama gets through, all we're going to have is change -- the change in our pockets."
But, Ramsey said, there will be change.
"It can begin right here," he said, " We need to send somebody to Washington, D.C. who can actively change that -- Dave can do that. We didn't win in 1994 by a landslide by being moderate. Ronald Reagan didn't win twice by a landslide by being moderate. Reagan had principles and he stood by them, and this man right here has those principles."
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"We see our country going in the wrong direction," said Evans. "It matters who governs and it matters who legislates for us as well."
Evans said as a member of the armed forces, as well as in his civilian jobs with the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Defense, he "swore an oath to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Evans said he felt as though the need to confront enemies on domestic soil was becoming greater.
"I feel I'm being called to serve the nation, but in a new role," said Evans. "But it's not about me. It's about us. This campaign is about the people. I've been a servant leader all my life, I will be a servant leader in Washington."
Evans said as one of eight children growing up in Putnam County, he didn't have a lot, but his parents made sure their children got educations and went to church.
"Those were the good old day.," he said. "We've been living the American Dream."
Evans said he was afraid that the next generations would have a nightmare instead of the American dream.
He listed several specific aspects of his platform, including his stance against same-sex marriages, abortion and laws that would weaken the Second Amendment. He said granting asylum to illegal immigrants was not a solution.
Evans also said he wanted to protect parental rights and to "address the lawless judges and officials in this country."
"It is our campaign, not mine alone," he said.
Evans also said he would be interested in debating Gordon over current events, including the cap-and-trade bill, which would reduce allowable CO2 emissions to 83 percent of the 2005 level by 2020, then gradually decrease the amount.
"It's a national energy tax," he said.