Robert Bentley’s priority: Getting people back to work
by James Phillips
Oct 26, 2010 | 2142 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Robert Bentley, Republican candidate for governor, took time Monday morning to speak with area residents during a campaign stop in Jasper, which was the first on a 23-city statewide tour of the state. Photo by: James Phillips
Dr. Robert Bentley, Republican candidate for governor, took time Monday morning to speak with area residents during a campaign stop in Jasper, which was the first on a 23-city statewide tour of the state. Photo by: James Phillips
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Dr. Robert Bentley, Republican candidate for governor, began a statewide tour Monday morning in Jasper.

Bentley, whose first stop on his “Putting Alabamians Back to Work Tour” was at the Jack’s Restaurant near Walker Baptist Medical Center, will make stops in 23 cities across the state through Friday. The tour will be Bentley’s last campaign push before the Nov. 2 election.

“I can’t think of a better place to start this tour,” he said. “We’re going across the state to continue our message of getting people back to work. That is the No. 1 issue facing our citizens right now, and that is my top priority.”

Bentley said one focus for west Alabama should be finishing Interstate 22.

“We need I-22 finished. I just drove up (Highway) 69, and I got car sick coming up that road,” Bentley joked. “Seriously, we need jobs in this area, but we need the infrastructure to get those jobs here. Finishing I-22 is the key to bringing more jobs to not only Walker County, but to all of west Alabama.”

As Bentley wraps up his campaign, he said he’s proud to say he’s stayed away from negative advertisements.

“I’ve never paid for or approved a negative ad,” he said. “I think people are sick and tired of that stuff. When someone comes out with a negative ad, it’s because they are behind and afraid.”

Bentley did say that his opponent, Democrat Ron Sparks, is the “most liberal candidate to ever run for governor.”

“Ron Sparks is pro-choice, also very weak on illegal immigration and he is very much for the federal government take over of our health care system,” Bentley said.

Despite campaigning for his own race, Bentley also urged voters to cast ballots for Republicans in area Senate and House races.

“I need your help to elect these guys,” he said. “If the House and Senate are not controlled by Republicans, we will not be able to do the things we need to do.”

Bentley said he needs a strong Republican turnout to pick up a victory next week.

“We’ve got one week to be sure to get everyone out to vote,” he said. “I promise once I’m elected that I will fight the federal government and clean up Montgomery. The polls are looking good right now, but we can’t get complacent. We need all our supporters to get out and vote next Tuesday.”

Poll: Bentley leads

Sparks in governor’s race

MOBILE (AP) — A new poll shows Republican Robert Bentley leads Democrat Ron Sparks in the race for Alabama governor, but Bentley’s lead has been shrinking.

The survey conducted Oct. 6 through Oct. 21 by the University of South Alabama Polling Group shows Bentley with 48 percent to Sparks’ 35 percent, with 17 percent undecided. But Bentley’s lead of 13 percentage points dropped from a 20 percentage point margin in the last five days of the survey.

The poll of 777 likely Alabama voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

It was commissioned jointly by the Press-Register in Mobile, The Birmingham News and The Huntsville Times.