On Monday, Clay County Republicans gathered at Calvary Baptist Church for the annual event.
Kristi Risk, candidate for the 8th District congressional seat, was the featured speaker, while Larry Bucshon, current 8th District Congressman, served as the keynote speaker.
Risk, an Owen County native, is running for the congressional seat again after losing to Bucshon in the 2010 Primary. On Monday, she explained her reasons for running again.
"I'm very excited for the upcoming election," Risk told the audience. "(President Barack Obama) has woken up this nation."
Risk harkened back to the Founders of America, saying they had "exceptional ideas," ideas, she said needed to be revisited.
"When our Founders came here, they were intent to have this nation be the greatest beacon of freedom," Risk said. "Now, we're marching toward socialism. Our principles are being discarded.
"It's the people of this nation who make it great, not the government ... the cord of independence is unraveling fast ... the government will obliterate our independence."
Risk said she believed the majority of people have "lost hope" and have a "lack of trust" in government.
"We have to restore that trust," she said. "America is our last, best hope. We must return to our pure ideas (of the Founders)."
Risk said the United States Constitution is the best place to start.
"Government must be bound," she said. "I'll legislate through the Constitution."
Following Risk, Bucshon, who edged Risk in the 2010 Primary and went on to win the seat, told the audience he first ran for Congress because he wanted to see more private sector people in government.
"I still believe that today," Bucshon said. "I still consider myself new to politics."
Bucshon added the country's direction in regard to health care is wrong, adding if he is re-elected, repealing "Obama Care" is one of his top priorities.
Bucshon said since becoming a member of Congress, he and fellow Republicans have "stopped" more stimulus spending and tax increases, while also curbing exploding budget deficits. He said the Republican-controlled Congress has also decreased discretionary spending and voted to repeal "Obama Care."
"The House has done its job when it comes to 'Obama Care,'" Bucshon said. "But the only way to get rid of 'Obama Care' is to get rid of this President."
Bucshon also discussed other top priorities if re-elected. But most important, he said, was making sure a Republican gets into the White House.
"We have to work hard to make sure President Barack Obama is a one-term president," he said. "You have not seen the real Barack Obama."
Bucshon said tax reform is key for businesses to thrive in the future.
"Small business ... that's what drives this country," he said. "I've been all over Clay County. I love Clay County. Before I was elected, I didn't know how much industry you had. But businesses are worried ... I can tell you we are in big trouble."
Bucshon also said coming up with a long-term energy plan for the nation is crucial.
"We continue to be dependent on people who hate us," he said. "We have the resources in our own country to solve this problem.
"Republicans are not against 'green' energy, but it's practical to continue to use fossil fuels. We need an energy policy."
Bucshon said for the country to continue to move forward, Republicans must retain control of the House of Representatives, win the Senate and defeat the president.
"This country wants to stock to conservatism," he said. "There's no reason to apologize for our beliefs. I think we'll get through this crisis. Americans always get through."
Clay County Republican Committee officials also introduced local elected officials and local candidates, as well as state elected officials and candidates for state offices and congressional seats.