Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

Oklahoma gubernatorial hopeful and congresswoman Mary Fallin made a stop in Grove Saturday morning to speak to an enthusiastic crowd of about 100 Delaware County Republicans.

Despite a blown power grid that left the Grove Community Center without electricity and forced the meeting to move to the First Christian Church, Republicans rallied to show their support for Fallin, who touched on a number of talking points.

Fallin reminded the crowd of conservative tenants such as small government, the free market, personal responsibility, low taxes, the sanctity of life, second amendment rights, upholding the Constitution and states’ rights.

“We don’t want big centralized government telling us how to do everything,” Fallin said.

She noted that she has an “A” rating with the NRA and 12 years of experience in the executive branch of government, including terms as an Oklahoma state representative, lieutenant governor and congresswoman.

“I’m not scared to take on anyone if I think it’s for the good of the state,” she said. “I have been to Washington and I know what the threats to our state are.

“I do not support what Barack Obama is doing to our healthcare system. I don’t believe it’s constitutional,” she said.

She said many Oklahoma residents are employed in the field of energy and taxes on energy should therefore not be raised.

“If they raise the cost of energy and raise utility rates it will be bad for our economy,” she said.

She said offshore drilling should be allowed.

“I am concerned about the security threat to our nation when we have to buy oil from countries that don’t even like us,” she said.

Another concern Fallin expressed was the state of education in Oklahoma.

“It is unacceptable that Oklahoma has such a high drop out rate and that 40 percent of our graduates have to take remedial courses when they get to college,” she said.

She said she would like to reward teachers who do a good job with higher pay.

“We are going to raise the bar in education,” she said.

Fallin said she believes state governors will play a crucial role in getting the county back on track.

“Governors are going to lead this nation back to where it needs to be,” she concluded.