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Kemp's bus tour ends in Covington
Secretary of state brings governor campaign to Newton County
Kemp, Edwards Talk
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, left, and Newton County Commissioner Stan Edwards talk Friday afternoon, March 2, 2018, during a stop by Kemp's campaign for governor at Legion Field in Covington, Ga. - photo by Darryl Welch

COVINGTON, Ga. – Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp wrapped up his 52-city bus tour of Georgia on Friday afternoon at Legion Field in Covington.

Approximately 100 supporters, including elected officials, were on hand to greet the secretary of state.

“We’ve literally been to every corner of the state and everywhere in between and we’ve just had a great 10 days on the road,” he said.

Speaking exclusively with The Covington News, Kemp weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Georgia Senate’s decision to pull a fuel tax exemption for Delta Airlines from a tax bill being considered following the airlines’ decision to drop discounts for NRA members.

”Unlike some others that are talking about this, my opinion has been very clear from day one. Part of my plan is to implement a spending cap and tie it to population and inflation so we budget conservatively and we have real tax reform that helps everyone — helps small-business owners and working Georgians and Georgia families. So I’ve been against special interest tax breaks.

“I mean look, Delta’s a great company. I certainly support the tax bill that is increasing deductions and lowering the rates to offset the windfall the state is getting. I just don’t think we need to be giving Delta a fuel tax exemption when we’re not giving it to a farmer or a trucking company. So it’s nothing against Delta, I just fundamentally would rather, if we’re going to do tax reform, I’d rather it be broad-based and help everybody.”

Cagle joins Kemp in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican who is term-limited in this year’s election.