Republican Presidential Candidates Vying for Mississippi VotersBy Rhonda Miller | Published 12 Mar 2012 12:58am |
The top Republican presidential contenders are crisscrossing Mississippi with tomorrow’s primary election expected to play a decisive role in narrowing down the race. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports the candidates are pulling out all the stops to win the hearts and votes of the Magnolia state.
With the Republican nomination still up for grabs, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took advantage of a rally in Jackson to soften his Northern image.
"Mornin’ y’all, good to be with ya. I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I’ll tell ya. Delicious."
Romney says he knows how cut down on the bureaucracy of Washington, D.C.
"I spent my life in business - 25 years. In business you have to be a fiscal conservative, if you’re not you go out of business. So I’ve learned how to balance budgets."
At a rally in a Gulfport steakhouse, Rick Santorum said while managing the government is important, voters should look for leadership qualities like his eight years of experience on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"I don’t know what the most important issue of the day will be, come November. But there’s a good chance national security will be right up there at the top of it. I am the only person in this race that has that experience. We have someone running around saying you need to elect a CEO. No, the president is not a CEO. The president is the commander-in-chief and that’s the experience I have to bring to the presidency."
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is pushing hard for energy independence, which he did at a rally at Gulfport High School. He favors approving the Keystone pipeline from Canada, and openings areas in the Gulf near Texas and Louisiana for drilling.
"If you produce here 800 million barrels that you’re not buying from Saudi Arabi or Iran or iraq or Venezuela, you’ve improved our balance of payments and you’ve created jobs, and my bias is simple. If I’m going to choose between creating jobs in Saudi Arabia and creating jobs in Mississippi, I pick Mississippi."
Tomorrow, voters in the Magnolia state will help decide which Republican contender will have the job of running against President Obama in November.
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