From Projects to PhD, Brenda Lenard for U.S. Senate Says, “America Works” (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 5.02.05 PMMeet Brenda Lenard, as I caught up with her at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C., “I grew up in the projects of Atlanta Georgia and now I’m completing my PhD,” said Brenda. Brenda Lenard is running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. You can watch her entire interview below.

When Brenda spoke of what spurred her to run for office, she said, “I was very concerned about the direction in which this country was going in.” Brenda continued, “I was increasingly concerned about the debt and the deficit spending.”

Brenda went on to say, “I think that my life story is a testament that America works. America is great. Only in America is it possible that a woman from the projects could even be considered the next United States Senate candidate.”

In regards to wages, Brenda had this to say, “As Milton Friedman said, there’s no such thing as a free lunch . . . the government does not have business dictating to a company what he or she should pay their workers. It’s up to the worker to be able to negotiate the salary he or her desires and it’s up to the employer to decide if that’s a fair rate.” Brenda spoke of minimum wage jobs as those serving the purpose of giving individuals the opportunity to grow in new skills that once developed, can be used to negotiate higher wages. Brenda then said, “That’s the natural order of things, not the federal government dictating to private businesses that you must pay this or you must pay that.”

So what sets Brenda apart from her opponent? She said, “It’s one thing to vote on conservative issues, it’s another thing to have lived a conservative life. And when I say by conservative life, there’s not anyone in this race that can say they started from the absolute bottom.”

Brenda Lenard says of freedom and liberty, “they’re like precious jewels, they are to be guarded close to your heart.” She continued, “But if you’re just handed these particular jewels, you may not understand it’s worth. You have to guard those principles and make sure that the opportunity is there for everyone. . . but it’s up to you to also participate. I want to make sure that America is the land of opportunity.”

I was particularly encouraged hearing Brenda’s take on equality when she said, “And when we make sure the opportunity is there for everyone, that does not necessarily mean equal outcome, it means that the opportunity is there.”

In closing comments Brenda said, “Only in America could this ever be possible. I’m livin the American dream. Regardless of the outcome of this Senate race, I’m living the American dream, because I wasn’t supposed to have gotten here. And if I had followed the liberal prescription, I would have never gotten here.”

Connect with Brenda and read more about where she stands on the issues at, on Facebook and Twitter @BrendaLenardTN.

(Special thanks to past Politichick Sonnie Johnson for introducing me to U.S. Senate candidate, Brenda Lenard.)

Michelle Moons

Michelle Moons is a campaign treasurer pursuing a CPA license. She is a contributor for and operates her campaign finance business in Carlsbad, California.

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