Richard Cash said he doesn't really like politics, but describes his run for U.S. Senate more as a moral duty.
Cash, 53, of Anderson, is one of four candidates bidding for Sen. Lindsey Graham's seat in 2014. Cash visited Aiken for a meet-and-greet on Monday afternoon at the Kalmia Landing Clubhouse as well as attended the Aiken County Tea Party meeting later that evening.
Cash's main message surrounded his definition of American heritage, which he said is based on Christianity, capitalism and the Constitution.
Cash said all three of those elements are under attack due to judicial activism, citing the 1962 Supreme Court ruling that declared public school-sponsored prayer as unconstitutional. He stated that “presidential imperialism” was another issue plaguing the nation.
Cash said that years ago, he felt the Democratic Party was going to “implode,” but it continues to exist because liberals truly believe what they preach. He said he's now more concerned with the state of the Republican Party.
Cash told the audience he has “a bone to pick” with the Republican National Convention because it has been hesitant to back candidates who will express the true beliefs that the party was really built upon..
Proctor Bush and his wife Dora, who helped organize Monday's event, are big supporters of Cash. Proctor Bush said the couple hopes to see Cash unseat Graham, whom he believes is not voting in the best interest of his constituents.
Cash said it's time to send individuals to Washington, D.C., who have the vision and “moral courage” to change the current course of the United States.
Cash said, “What really makes me stand out among the other candidates is my message of heritage and hope that I'm sharing across the state.”
Noting Graham's dropping poll numbers, Cash said he feels there's a strong chance the incumbent will be defeated.
Cash did commend Graham for his introduction of an anti-abortion bill earlier this month. But Cash immediately followed that statement by saying if he is elected, it won't take 19 years “to discuss the great moral issues that are destroying this nation.”
Cash said he plans to make numerous stops in Aiken County during his campaign.
“We have a lot of support in Aiken,” Cash said. “I look forward to being here often.”
This isn't Cash's first campaign. In 2010, Cash was one of eight candidates trying to fill Gresham Barrett's vacant congressional seat, but lost a runoff to Rep. Jeff Duncan.
For more information on Cash, visit www.richardcashforsenate.com.