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Presidential candidate with big wrench to visit every Maine county

Posted July 20, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
Last modified July 21, 2011, at 5:58 a.m.
John Davis of Grand Junction, Colo., stopped in Dover-Foxcroft during his campaign tour on July 20 2011. Davis said that he will visit every one of the roughly 3,200 counties in the United States to meet people and spread his message about fixing America. He makes his appearances with a huge pipe wrench, which symbolizes he is ready to fix things.
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John Davis of Grand Junction, Colo., stopped in Dover-Foxcroft during his campaign tour on July 20 2011. Davis said that he will visit every one of the roughly 3,200 counties in the United States to meet people and spread his message about fixing America. He makes his appearances with a huge pipe wrench, which symbolizes he is ready to fix things.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — He’s pro-God, pro-family, pro-country, pro-life; he’s in favor of the military, the Second Amendment and smaller federal government; and he wields a sizable red, white and blue wrench.

“We have a lot of big problems — we need a big wrench,” Republican candidate for president John Davis, 54, of Grand Junction, Colo., said Wednesday during a brief stop in Dover-Foxcroft. With the oversize wrench, Davis is touting his “Let’s Fix America” message throughout the country by making stops in all 3,143 U.S. counties.

His Piscataquis County visit was preceded Wednesday by a stop in Skowhegan and followed late Wednesday by an appearance in the Aroostook County town of Sherman, No. 891 on his list.

Driving a large recreational vehicle around the country at his own expense, Davis said he doesn’t have name recognition or celebrity status, so he decided to meet members of the public on their own turf.

“We wanted to do something that sets the bar so high that the other Republican candidates couldn’t follow,” Davis said. “You know everybody in America is important to us, not just residents in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

The father of six grown children said he never has been involved in politics before; rather, he worked hard to build and maintain a home building business over 35 years. He said he bought his first lot when he was a high school junior and constructed his first home the year after he graduated. Davis said he never went to college but has been through the “school of hard knocks many times.”

Davis said his campaign was prompted when God spoke to his heart a year ago and he acted on that message. He said he can’t explain it and that it’s not something one really should go out and tell people, but it’s the truth. He devised a platform and a plan for his campaign that doesn’t change from town to town, he added.

The plan includes downsizing the federal government and shifting more control back to the states and communities, Davis said.

“Somehow, we’ve let the federal government run our lives for us,” Davis said, blaming strict regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency for harming American business.

Davis said he would work to make the country energy self-sufficient, to revive the housing industry, to encourage those manufacturing businesses that moved abroad to return to the U.S., and to impose tighter control of the borders to stop the flow of illegal aliens, drugs, guns and terrorists. He also would return the troops home and require immigrants to learn English.

“We’ve taken care of every country in the world. We pay them billions and billions of dollars to be our friend, which is not working, so we’ve got to bring the money back here, bring our troops back here and we’ve got to start taking care of America,” he said.

Davis is scheduled to stop in 10 Maine communities on Thursday: Cherryfield in Washington County, Ellsworth in Hancock County, Belfast in Waldo County, Rockland in Knox County, Wiscasset in Lincoln County, Bath in Sagadahoc County, Augusta in Kennebec County, Auburn in Androscoggin County, Portland in Cumberland County, and Alfred in York County.

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