Paul Ryan said the following during the vice-presidential debate, echoing the exact words Obama used in 2008 to describe McCain…
If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone to run from.
Ryan went on to say…
You have a president who ran for president on hope and change who has now turned his campaign into attack, blame and defame.
The same strategy is being used by two Democrat Governors, Jay Nixon and Earl Ray Tomblin, of Missouri and West Virginia, respectively. The polls show these two contests as “Leans Dem,” but it’s wise to doubt that these polls come anywhere close to revealing what folks really think.
In Missouri, the Republican nominee, Dave Spence, is particularly upset with Nixon’s attack ad that portrays Spence as a banker, rather than a member of the bank board. The ad also highlights a loan he obtained from Reliance for a vacation home.
Dave founded a small plastics manufacturing business, Alpha Plastics. He saw its potential, but the banks did not. Time after time, he was turned down for a loan to buy the business until his persistence finally paid off. In 1985, at the age of 26, Dave bought Alpha. At the time, the business had about 15 employees and $350,000 in annual sales. Through hard work and determination, Spence led Alpha’s remarkable expansion. It wasn’t always easy, but when Dave stepped down to run for governor, the company had over 800 employees and almost $200 million a year in revenue.
Here are some of the things that Dave Spence has been saying about Missouri under Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri has seen a drop of 106,000 in the number of people in the workforce since Nixon took office January 2009. There are 30,000 fewer construction jobs since 2009. We’re not building office buildings. We’re not building factories. Compared to its neighboring states, Missouri is asleep at the switch. Factories are going to Tennessee, they’re going to Arkansas because both are right-to-work states.
We need to look at every regulation in the state and say, ‘Is it necessary?’
In West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is resorting to lying instead of just smearing the Republican nominee, Bill Maloney. Earl Ray Tomblin said the following…
And, of course, companies such as Arch, Alpha, Alliance, United Coal, Patriot and countless other mining companies continue to invest in WV, maintaining and creating jobs.
This does not match reality. In fact, Arch has laid off 150 coal miners in West Virginia, and Alpha has laid off 1200. Patriot has filed for bankruptcy protection. Over 3,000 West Virginian coal miners have lost their jobs this year.
Bill was a co-founder and an executive at North American Drillers, North American Pump and Supply Company and Shaft Drillers International (SDI). He grew North American Drillers from a two-person business in 1984 to become the world-leader in large-diameter shaft drilling for mining and other industries. Bill sold his share of the business in 2006. Currently, he is a drilling consultant and the principal of Cow Run Energy and Drill Leader.
Here are some things Bill Maloney has said about West Virginia under Earl Ray Tomblin…
We’ve got to do some things with tort reform. It’s real tough to be in West Virginia in any kind of service business or manufacturing business because your insurance rates are so high.
You’ve got to show leadership. I’m all about building consensus, but every once in a while you’ve got to take a stand. That’s what leaders do, and I do not see that in the governor.
Both of the Republican candidates for governor are businessmen instead of career politicians like the incumbent Democrat Governors. We should know the West Virginia outcome earlier than the Missouri outcome on election night. If the Republicans win these two contests as well as North Carolina and Montana, then there will be a total of 33 Republican Governors. Winning at the state capitol level is an essential requirement for restoring our Republic, this will enable us to ultimately send better people to our Nation’s Capitol.