There are 67 counties in Alabama. Alabama Senator Richard Shelby visits each and everyone of them once a year. He's been doing so for 24 years now. It takes him roughly three to four months to do so. Saturday he made it to three different counties in the area.
Visiting all sixty seven counties in Alabama is time consuming for Senator Shelby. All of that time is important to him so that he can visit home.
"This gives them access to me as a U.S Senator because a lot of them can't go to Washington D.C. But they realize that everything that we do affects them in some way whether it's health care, whether it's taxes, whether it's environmental policy, whether it's our military situation here and abroad," says Senator Shelby.
And all of these issues do play significant roles for the American people. The future of health care in the United States is currently unknown. Senator Shelby is sure of one thing. He does not support Obama's plan or the democrats' plan.
"I think the Obama proposal is wrong. It's going to help destroy the best health care system the world has ever known. Where as we can improve it because it's not perfect."
"We've got to stand for something. And we've got to have an alternative to what the democrats are doing and I think we will," explains Senator Shelby.
That alternative may call for extreme measures. Senator Shelby explains that Republicans are willing to push the democrats' plan completely aside.
"What we're going to try to do is slow it down and get it on another track if not kill it."
Heatlhcare continues to be an unresolved issue for the U.S. Senate. Because of this and other issues, Senator Shelby believes the upcoming election looks promising for the Republican party.
"I think there's going to be a backlash. Of course it's what, 8 months or so until November, so it's a long time. But the trend seems to be that the Republicans are going to pick up a lot of seats," says Senator Shelby.
Senator Shelby is hopeful for the upcoming election. Although he isn't sure the Republican party will gain total control, he says he expects some changes.
"Now I don't know if we will pick up enough to control the Senate and the house. I would hope so, but there will be a backlash against these policies in my judgment."
That backlash is one many Republicans plan to support.
"We're going to fight them all of the way."