BELTON — The Bell County Republican Party marked concerns about the future of Texas and the U.S. as a top priority during its annual fundraising dinner Monday night.

The theme of the event, at the Bell County Expo Center, was “Keeping Texas Red,” and it featured statements from U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Steve Munestri, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

Carter opened his remarks with a call for party unity by proclaiming that it was time for the Republican faithful to join together in opposing the Democrats “like we’ve never fought before.”

He expressed concerns about the future of Texas and the U.S. should they win in November.

“The other party is opposed to entrepreneurship, energy independence and America first,” Carter said. “If you think it’s bad now, it will be even worse if we don’t win the next two elections.”

Carter’s concerns were echoed by Munestri, who began his extemporaneous speech by recounting some of the foreign policy crises that have dominated the headlines recently, such as the ongoing regional power struggles in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

“Arguably, this is the most worried I’ve ever been about the safety and security of this country,” Munestri said. “And that includes when I was in kindergarten and was sent home during the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

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