"I used to be on Parris Island, shining my belt buckle. Now I'm shining my political credentials," said Mr. Gilchrest, a moderate Republican under attack for not being conservative enough by two Republican state senators challenging him.
Gilchrest shines political might →
"We take every election challenge seriously," he said. "Generally, we use Colin Powell's concept of overwhelming force. We learned that early on, and we've been doing that ever since."
Gilchrest faces tough re-election battle →