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Joe Carr claims Lamar Alexander follows him on some issues

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NASHVILLE — While U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., runs for re-election as a problem-solving conservative interested in "getting results," his GOP primary opponent, Joe Carr, claims he's gotten Alexander to follow his lead on some issues dear to tea party voters.

Carr, a state representative with what so far is an underfunded and underdog campaign, points to recent public stances ranging from calling on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign to urging Alexander to co-sponsor legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks.

Carr claims that when President Barack Obama proposed military action in Syria, his own opposition prompted Alexander to "veer right" and oppose it. And Carr says Alexander followed his lead on a plan to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the government shutdown.

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