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Don Blankenship on Principles & Values

WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee

 


Grew up poor, but didn't know it

My life, like most of yours, has had its ups and downs. My father and my mom each worked 80 to 90 hours per week, which taught me to be independent at a very early age.

As the saying goes, we were poor but didn't know it. We had an outhouse that was nicer than the one most of our neighbors had. We always had shoes. My mom was a McCoy, although not directly related to those who feuded with the Hatfield's in the hills of Kentucky where I was born.

My early years were occupied by baseball, pumping gasoline into coal miners' cars at our family gas station, and watching Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, Wagon Train, and Rawhide--that is, after we got our first television when I was seven years old. The town I lived in most of my first 18 years was Delorme, West Virginia, population of 400 at the time--now maybe 200.

Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website DonBlankenship.com , May 19, 2019

I'm Trumpier than Trump, despite Trump opposition

President Trump took to Twitter to tell West Virginia Republicans not to support Blankenship. Trump tweeted, "To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"

Blankenship reacted to Trump's Twitter criticism by issuing a written statement of response. "West he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary. The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the President's agenda."

Source: NPR on 2018 West Virginia Senate race , May 8, 2018

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