"His views don't match up with the people of South Carolina," Councilwoman Dickerson said of the appointed GOP senator Tim Scott, who will face voters statewide for the first time this year.
"Raising the minimum wage--he's not in support of that. Medicaid expansion--he's against that , too. And it's costing our state's hospitals many millions each year, the fact that politicians like him refuse to expand Medicaid."
"You've taken $70,000 from labor unions," said Sanford, who is running an ad in which Colbert Busch says she wants to be the voice of unions.
Colbert Busch said those comments were taken out of context, and she is proud to live in a right-to-work state, adding the National Labor Relations Board "had no business telling a company (Boeing) where they can locate."
We have grown and expanded our South Carolina family this year, welcoming in some wonderful new partners. And after all was said and done, we were able to celebrate $5 billion of investment in South Carolina, and the recruitment of almost 20,000 new jobs in our great state.
Then, the National Labor Relations Board reared its head, suing Boeing in what will surely be remembered as one of the most fundamentally un-American decisions ever handed down by the federal government. And South Carolina would not stand for it. we pushed back. Our federal delegation. Business leaders. State and local officials. And most importantly, the citizens of South Carolina. And Boeing stood tall. Under tremendous pressure from the President and his union allies, this great American company said no, we did nothing wrong and we refuse to cave. And late last year, the NLRB backed down and dropped its frivolous suit.
However, the unions don't understand that. They will do everything they can to invade our state and drive a wedge between our workers and our employers. We can't have that. Unions thrive in the dark. Secrecy is their greatest ally, sunlight their most potent adversary. We can and we will do more to protect South Carolina businesses by shining that light on every action the unions take.
We will require unions to tell the people of South Carolina how much money they are making on our backs, which politicians they are funding, and how much they are paying themselves. We will protect the right of every private and public citizen to refuse to join a union, and, by Executive Order, I will make it clear that our state will not subsidize striking workers by paying them unemployment benefits. And we'll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted, and not welcome in the State of South Carolina.
ROMNEY: Weíre going to have to do the hard work of rebuilding our economy, strengthening it. And I know that there are some people, such as Sen. McCain, who think that some jobs have left that are never coming back. I disagree. Iím going to fight for every single job, in every state in this country.
McCAIN: Sometimes you have to tell people things they donít want to hear. There are jobs--letís have a little straight talk--there are some jobs that arenít coming back to Michigan. There are some jobs that wonít come back here to South Carolina. But weíre going to take care of them. Thatís our goal; thatís our obligation. We need to go to the community colleges and design education and training programs so that these workers get a second chance. Thatís our obligation as a nation. And by the way, I donít believe weíre headed into a recession. I believe the fundamentals of this economy are strong, and I believe they will remain strong.
A: First, letís get the record straight. Could we be headed for a recession? Absolutely. Do we have to be headed for a recession? Absolutely not. Recessions hurt working families. They hurt people across this country. And so this is something weíre going to have to address in a very aggressive way.
Q: Given your record in Massachusetts, which had the third lowest job growth of any state during the years you were governor, why should voters trust you to handle a slowdown?
A: Iím very proud of the fact that after many months of declining job growth, I took over the state and helped turn that around. And in my years as governor, we kept adding jobs every single month after we saw that turnaround. The pipeline for new jobs coming into our state was in single digits when I came into office. When I left, it was over 200. And some of the biggest employers are still coming into the state. Every month since Iíve left, we keep on adding jobs
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