Before Mercedes built its first American
plant in Alabama, people told me it was impossible. But my administration
and I rolled up our sleeves and we made it happen. Today, Mercedes,
Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota plants and their suppliers employ
50,000 Alabamians. Creating new and better jobs is critical
to providing a brighter future for Alabama. We need to actively
develop Alabama's economy - with new and existing businesses.
I want to help Alabama do with renewable energy, biotechnology,
and other fields what it has done with automobiles.
Preparing young people for successful
careers in tomorrow's economy is the most important job of any
state. But Money isn't everything. Of course we have to work
to achieve better funding for education, but we also have
work to ensure proper accountability. I have other goals
for education as well:
- recruit and retain qualified teachers
- enhance of effective programs like the Alabama Reading Initiative.
- bring discipline to the classroom.
- work at the local level to involve parents in their children's
As healthcare costs continue to rise, Many
Alabamians struggle to find good jobs with healthcare coverage.
We need to work with small businesses to develop innovative programs
to make sure they can offer employees quality health coverage.
Marsha and I have been married
since 1977. We have two wonderful children: one college
graduate and one college freshman. My parents raised me live by
Alabama values. Marsha and I have worked to pass those same values
on to our children - hard work, compassion, charity, responsibility.
Those values are what public service is really all about.
I have worked hard to cross party lines
and to make government about real leadership, not partisan bickering.
As Lt. Governor I'll do what I have always done -- bring people
together from diverse backgrounds to build coalitions and get
Second Amendment Rights
hunt, I fish, and I love the outdoors, So, I have always
supported the rights of gun owners. In past campaigns, I have
been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The Second Amendment
protects our right to keep and bear arms, and I won't support any
proposal that infringes on that right.
Despite recent court decisions, Alabama
should work to ensure that our government cannot use the
power of "eminent domain" take private property to give to
businesses. Eminent domain powers should be limited to traditional
uses like utilities, and roads.
Illegal immigration is both a serious
federal and state issue with national security and economic
implications. While it is certainly true that we are a nation of
immigrants, we must strengthen our border security and enforce our