BUFFALO — A candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination make his second visit to Union County this morning during a breakfast event at Andy’s.
Robbie Wells will meet with, address, and answer questions from the public during the breakfast which will begin at 9 a.m. and is being hosted by the Union County Democratic Party. The visit is part of Wells’ efforts raise public awareness of and financial support for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
This will be Wells’ second visit to Union County. His first visit was in April when he addressed a meeting of the Union County Democratic Party.
During his visit in April, Wells spoke about his “Eaglenomics” platform which he said “takes the absolute best from the left and the absolute best from the right … to break the chains of enslavement that are on each and every U.S. citizen because of the current economic system.”
Outlined in the platform, the goals of Eaglenomics are to:
• Create prosperity and full employment for all.
• Develop sustainable energy independence.
• Reverse international trade from deficit to surplus.
• Restore and advance US manufacturing in all sectors.
• Revamp and bring coherency to the US tax code.
• Fix national health care.
• Restore Social Security to financial health.
• Enable financially sound local and state government.
• Reform both Wall Street and the financial sector.
• Redesign the banking system and make it stable.
• Structure educational support for all Americans.
• Eradicate the revenue deficit and the national debt.
• Strengthen US security.
In discussing his platform, Wells pointed out that America has lost millions of manufacturing jobs in the past 25 years the past two and one-half decades, and he plans to bring them back through the implementation of Eaglenomics.
Wells said he also wants to address the issue of single-parent families with an eye to enabling those parents to work and support their families. He also pointed out that there are over 17 million single parents in the U.S. raising over 20 million children.
“I am pushing for universal child care so we can put single parents back to work,” Wells said in April. “It’s time to return this country to greatness.”
On foreign and defense policies, Wells pointed out that American has been in war after war in the Middle East because it is not self-sufficient in energy.
“It’s all because we are not energy independent right here in this country,” Wells said. “We’ve got a plan to become energy independent right here, which is going to get us out of all these crazy conflicts in the Middle East.”
Wells also said he wants to use the money America gives to other countries in foreign aid to help improve its education system.
“That means there are 35 nations that are better than us,”Wells said. “Of those 35, the majority, we give foreign aid to. As president, I would push to keep that foreign aid right here.”
Wells’s campaign website states that he lived in South Carolina for 25 years, working as a public servant for more than 20 years, working as a teacher, football coach and member of the Army National Guard. Adopted at birth, Wells grew up the southeast as the son of a Baptist minister.
After coaching 10 seasons of college football, the website states Wells “became the first white head football coach at Savannah State University, a historically black college (HBCU), on December 22, 2007. In his first season as head coach, Savannah State saw as many wins in that season as the previous five seasons combined. He is the most successful coach at Savannah State in the past decade.”
During his time at Savannah State University, Wells was the host of the “Robby Wells Coach’s Show” which aired on the regional NBC Affiliate in Southeast Georgia. The website states that, throughout his coaching career, Wells “has seen great success, and he attributes that to helping other people believe and achieve to their full potential.”
Wells has also “been recognized as one of the top young motivational speakers in America. He has been the keynote speaker for national conventions, school assemblies, and civic organizations around the country.”
In 2006, Wells joined the Army National Guard during the middle of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He joined the Guard “at the pinnacle of his coaching career at the age of 38. He had always advised his players that serving your country was the most honorable endeavor that a person could achieve, and he believed that he needed to lead by example.”
Earlier in his career, Wells served as an assistant coach at Benedict College, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina. While working at USC, Wells “had the honor of working for the living legend, Lou Holtz. It was Lou Holtz that inspired Robby Wells to always strive for excellence, and treat other people the way you would like to be treated.”
The website states that Wells” can think and make good decisions under pressure. While Mr. Wells was an assistant coach at USC, he saved a lady’s life by performing CPR at a swimming area on Lake Marion during the summer of 1998.”
In 2000, Wells earned his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in adult education. In 1990, he also earned his bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Health and Exercise Science. During his time at Furman University, Wells was a member of the football team that won the 1988 I-AA National Championship.
Wells resides in Charlotte, NC where he attends Elevation Church, described by his campaign website as “one of the fastest growing churches in the nation.” He also has a small marketing business based in Charlotte that employs college students from the local schools.
For more information about Wells, his Eaglenomics proposals, and his campaign, go to www.robbywells16.com