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GOP Leaders Gather At 37th Annual Statemen’s Dinner

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The G.O.P leaders from around the state, gathered for the 37th annual Statemen's Dinner Friday night. It's the big annual fundraiser, but also a chance for Republican leaders to talk about the big issues on their plates.

Republican leaders from Tennessee were back on home turf, for the annual Statesmen's Dinner at the new Music City Center.

"I appreciate you letting me represent you in Washington, it's a privilege," said Senator Bob Corker (R).

In a gathering of the Tennessee Republican Party and those who help fund it, heavy hitters with the Grand Old Party sounded off about the direction of our country and Tennessee.

One hot topic was the immigration bill, as Tennessee House members remain critical of a bill their fellow Republican Senators helped pass.

"I say we need to secure the borders, I say that we need to do it piece by piece," said Congressman Scott Desjarlais (R).

"We're forced to have some sort of orderly system of immigration because our whole infrastructure, schools, jails hospitals just can't handle the rapid influx we'd have if we just opened our borders," said Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R).

Among all the festivities, the headliner South Carolina Senator Tim Scott made his thoughts clear on the direction on Obama's health care plan when he said he believed it should be repealed.

It was also clear the next election wasn't far from anyone's mind.

"We've been busy and we're a year our from the election and we'll be picking up our pace," said DesJarlais.

Overall the theme for the night was that Republicans want to take back the Senate and the Oval Office.

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