Nevada Gov. blasts 'Washington approach' to job creation
September 21st, 2013
09:43 AM ET
11 months ago

Nevada Gov. blasts 'Washington approach' to job creation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - While never mentioning President Barack Obama by name, Nevada's governor assailed the president's leadership of the country's economy and criticized the White House for refusing to engage with Republican opposition in Congress.

"Good executives, like all good leaders, must expect opposition when making decisions or when making or enforcing the law," Gov. Brian Sandoval said. "But executives must engage those that disagree with them."


As Congress steels itself for a potential shutdown standoff, Sandoval called for Washington to pause its factious battle over the budget and whether to raise the debt ceiling in order to refocus on talking responsibly about the "tough choices" facing the country over the coming weeks.

Still, Nevada's top lawmaker trumpeted the oft-used Republican talking points triad for job creation: reducing the size of government, balancing budgets and cutting taxes. In contrasting his "no stone unturned" approach to propelling job creation in the Silver State with Washington's inaction, Sandoval side-swiped the president and Democrat's prescribed fixes to help lower the still-high nationwide unemployment rate, although unemployment in Nevada hovers above the national average at 9.5 percent.

"It's no accident that the fastest growing states with the best economies are all led by Republican governors," Sandoval said.

However, Sandoval's claim is incorrect. West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, California, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Dakota are the fastest growing states in the country, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Only half of the governors from those states are Republicans.

Watch the entirety of Sandoval's weekly address below:

Read his full comments below:

“Hello, my name is Brian Sandoval and I have the honor of serving as Governor of the Great State of Nevada.

“When I first came to office, our country was in the depths of the great recession. And, no state had been hit harder than Nevada.

“At our peak, Nevada’s unemployment rate was almost 15 percent, and we led the nation in foreclosures and bankruptcies.

“Jobs disappeared almost overnight, leaving behind steel skeletons of half-built buildings to memorialize the day the economy froze and the work stopped.

“But, despite those dark days, I knew that a brighter future was just around the corner.

“Nevadans and all Americans are resilient. Overcoming adversity is a part of our national heritage.

“Mere survival, though, was not enough. We needed decisive action and a significant course correction to meet the challenges that lay ahead.

“Upon taking office, I ordered an immediate freeze to all state regulations until they could be reviewed.

“Because our state’s budget situation was so dire, we reduced spending by more than $500 million, eliminated approximately 600 positions across state government, and merged or eliminated more than a dozen state agencies.

“Unlike Washington, we had to balance our state budget as Nevada could not borrow its way out of problems.

“While working to balance the budget, we began putting in motion our plans to help create jobs and get Nevadans working again.

“Economic opportunity has been and continues to be the foundation of this country and is the source of the American Dream.

“And I sensed that the future of the American Dream was at risk.

“Like then-Governor Ronald Reagan stated in 1964, I believed that we faced a ‘Time for Choosing.’

“So, we chose a simple approach to state government: it should be a protector of rights and a partner in prosperity.

“To that end, I fought against excessive tax increases, and instead was able to expand tax exemptions for businesses, and extend tax abatements to encourage businesses to grow.

“When it comes to growing jobs, it is my responsibility to leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting Nevada working again.

“Can you just imagine what our economy would look like today if Washington would just take that approach?

“Like Washington, Nevada has a politically divided government, but that hasn’t stopped our efforts to grow Nevada’s economy.

“Good executives, like all good leaders, must expect opposition when making decisions or when making or enforcing the law.

“But executives must engage those that disagree with them.

“They must listen to all ideas, persuade when possible, and respectfully and firmly disagree when necessary.

“And despite having a politically divided government, in the last two years, Nevada has been able to accomplish much. We have strengthened employment, our economy, and education in our state.

“In large part because we sit down, put partisanship aside, talk through our disagreements, and find common ground.

“Now while I will be the first to say there is still work to be done, Nevada has now experienced 31 straight months of economic growth, we have had the second strongest decline in unemployment in the country, and we continue to add much needed jobs.

“The list of companies wishing to relocate to Nevada once fit on an index card; now it is long and diverse.

“When it came to our schools, we eliminated teacher tenure to improve education for our children, and are now focusing on ensuring that our kids read and write at grade level, which benefits everyone.

“Fortunately, good policy, true principles, and effective leadership work whenever they are tried.

“When we reduce government, balance budgets, and keep taxes as low as possible, states respond in a positive way.

“When tough times force tough choices, we act decisively and move forward.

“It’s no accident that the fastest growing states with the best economies are all led by Republican governors.

“These states differ geographically, economically, and even politically.

“But our ideas have and continue to work.

“Our founding fathers got it right. Free enterprise and limited government have made, and will continue to make, this country great.

“Despite all we have endured, I could not be more proud and optimistic about the greatest nation on earth.

“I am confident that our core convictions provide the surest path to an America where economic opportunity still abounds, hard work still rewards, and dreams are still realized.

“We just need Washington to pause, reflect, and see what is possible in our great nation.

“Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today.

“God bless the Great State of Nevada and God bless the United States of America.”


Filed under: Brian Sandoval • Economy • GOP weekly address
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    This Guv could not be more wrong. For almost five years now every time this president has reached out too the right he has pulled back a stump. I remember right after he took office Saturday Night Live did a bit about the POTS where he said "I don't know why they hate me. I've given them everything they want." That time is over. Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and fight them. Let the GOTP finish the job of self implosion. And this guv (little g, he does not deserve the respect of a capital letter) needs to quit bumping his gums and help.

    September 21, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Pathetic USA to elect this junk, trash of the nation that lack brains and bicker all the times. Send them home in next election. While third world is more aware we are to unaware.

    September 21, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    Since it's an article of faith among "Progressives" that they're smarter than everyone else, it's not possible in their myopic little worlds for anything to get done unless they do it. Fools never do understand their own foolishness.

    September 21, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Nevada now has 31 consecutive months of job growth, thanks Obama. Right wingnuts say the government does not create jobs, then run for congress on "jobs, jobs, jobs," and vote against women's rights 38 times and against the ACA 42 times. There is no reason for Obama to reach out to Boehner as he refuses to negotiate.

    September 21, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. kirk

    Partners in prosperity, you betcha!

    September 21, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. kirk

    It kills me, its Obama shutting down the government huh, well your the ones trying to circumvent the law. And trying to change laws that passed legally with trickery and treasonous behavior is just childess

    September 21, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. jinx9to88

    "Sandoval's claim is incorrect. West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, California, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Dakota are the fastest growing states in the country, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Only half of the governors from those states are Republicans." – Really A Republican lying, say isn't so. So when isnt a Republican bashing this president, thats news.

    September 21, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Evergreen

    The feseral government differs fron state governments in many ways. When a natural disaster happens Nevada can not seek money to rebuild from another State. I also wonder how much stimulates money Nevada received. The world economy collapsed. Our government has had to take drastic measure to help the US recovery. Said recovery would occur a lot faster if all the snipping stopped.

    September 21, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Anonymous

    From the article:

    "It's no accident that the fastest growing states with the best economies are all led by Republican governors," Sandoval said."

    [ says the red state dude with 9 percent unemployment ]

    Again from the article:

    "However, Sandoval's claim is incorrect. West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, California, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Dakota are the fastest growing states in the country, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Only half of the governors from those states are Republicans."

    This is exactly why what is said by Republicans is never believable: (1) the guy whose state is still suffering large unemployment faults the United States President because the guy whose state is still lagging nationally refuses to take fault for himself, and/or his own policy mistakes; and (2) the guy whose state is still suffering large unemployment lies about which party is doing more to alleviate unemployment state by state even though he himself has done little.

    It is time to start faulting individual governors for their own policies. Those who have tackled their unemployment numbers be they Republican or Democrat need to be given the credit for improving their states unemployment and GDP. Those that haven't need to be voted out. The President doesn't set state by state policies. State governors set such policies along with their own state legislators.

    September 21, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    """"But executives must engage those that disagree with them"""

    He's correct, (at least on this comment) even your employees, you have to, or need to "engage" them, to get the most out of them, and one needs to treat them as fair as you can.
    But, I will have to "dis-agree" with the statement that says : """However, Sandoval's claim is incorrect. West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, California, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Dakota are the fastest growing states in the country"""
    Maybe I must be mis-understanding the way this statement was put out there.... But IF you Google West Virginia, the population in the 1970's was a lot higher Then, than it is today. That state is shrinking at a very fast rate, especially when the Obama regime is choking the Coal Industry. Then add the stricter EPA regs, why do you think the manufacturing will never come back ? The U.S. Government has choked them Out, to the point where they will never come back. and I don't blame them. Right now, the population in WV is around 1.7 million, ( that's right, the whole state) In the 1970's / 1980's – the Population was a little above 2 million. Why ? like I just stated, the Coal Industry is getting choked off, in addition to the fact that WV used to be the number 1 manufacturer in the Glass Industry, at one time. No other state had the many glass plants, that wv used to have.
    If you Google the Glass manufacturers in WV, you will see that Jackie Kennedy used to have a piece of Glass that used to sit on the desk of the W.H. & she got it from WV. when her & her husband "toured" one of the many Glass Factories in WV.

    September 21, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    What a GOP lier and fool, the red states led by the GOP are the most backward in the country with low wages, no healthcare and poor education. I wouldn't want to live in a red state under GOP control, Florida will be blue after the GOP bafoons Scott is kicked out of office in 2014!!!!!!

    September 21, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    "But executives must engage those that disagree with them."

    In 2012, the American Voter re-elected President Obama to his SECOND TERM, retained a Democratic majority in the Senate and cast 1.4 million MORE votes for Democratic candidates than Republicans in the House. The only reason the repubs retained a majority was because of redistricting and the millions the Koch brothers and their ilk spent on tea candidates.

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SANDOVAL AND THE REPUBS DON'T GET?!?

    September 21, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Sandoval and the GOP are a bunch of liars. And this is precisely why folks like the Koch brothers are trying to buy up newspapers and in general gain control of the media: They want to control the information getting to the people so they can continue destroying the American Middle Class, take away the social safety net, get rid of a woman's right to choose, create a theocracy based on their narrow, hateful interpretation of Christianity, let our nation's infrastructure go to Hades, cut taxes on the rich, gut environmental regulations, toss out the minimum wage and in general, turn the U.S. into the third-world country they dream of where the top 1% own and control everything, there's no Middle Class and religious police keep the masses in line.

    All the while feeding us a line of bull about how wonderful everything is. Fox has been their beta test, their prototype in this kind of misinformation, propaganda and lies.

    And as we've seen by the rise of the tea folks and the increase in hatred and division and outright ignorance coming out of Red states, their model is working.

    Get out and VOTE in November 2014. We MUST get rid of these right-wing nut jobs before they completely take down our country.

    September 21, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Anonymous

    "Get out and VOTE in November 2014. We MUST get rid of these right-wing nut jobs before they completely take down our country."

    We can start by getting our progressive T.V. personalities to admit they were one of the reasons Dems sat home in 2010. Remind those T.V. personalities that throwing hissy fits is the reason why so many sat at home in 2010 and all because a few in the media encouraged them to stay home, albeit subtly, because those T.V. folks were upset that Obama didn't give THEM 100% of what THEY wanted.

    September 21, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Sonkarlay

    USA will never be better like in the 90s because all those red states will take this country down with their nonsense.

    September 21, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. joe

    it is clear to me the biggest obstacle to job creation is not the affordable care act..it is the GOP!!

    September 21, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    I just learned that Sandoval lied. He should have gone the way of Sharon Angle.

    September 21, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Here we go , 2016 , the west coast Marco Rubio .

    How do you engage or debate with a spoiled child who's only vocabulary is the word NO ?

    September 21, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. g

    since 1980 politicians have created jobs –just not in the USA -but the american tax payers keep paying them and who knows who else

    September 21, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Sandofail is yet another constant reminder NOT to say home in 2014. Not only is this "job" a liar, he's a yellow coward who knows how to throw dirt and keep clean at the same time but we have the chance next year, to return sanity to our government and I plan to make mine count by tossing ANYONE with an (R) in front of their names right off my ballot. Please join me.

    September 21, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP bafoons are done in 2014,good riddens!!!!!!

    September 21, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Richard Long

    Why should a company hire if they'll get hit with Obamacare fines?

    September 21, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Could this clown be positioning himself for a presidential run in the future?

    September 21, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @Anonymous: You are correct; Progressives need to accept they won't get 100% of what they want – and that being disillusioned and staying home plays right into the hands of the right-wing nut jobs.

    The right wing is in survival mode, because they know that the reality of the success historically of democratic programs will be the end of their party. And if there's one thing I've learned in my life, it's that you cannot mess with people survival mechanisms. The GOP has shown they will do anything and everything to stop Pres. Obama, even if that includes harming our country. The only way to stop the GOP is to get off our duffs, get out and vote and elect progressives will continue moving our country forward.

    I have three kids and I do not want them to live in a country controlled by the GOP. I am doing everything I can to stop the GOP, the tea party, and the likes of the Koch brothers who are hell-bent on taking our country down. Progressives need to suck it up, grow a pair, and get this done in 2014

    September 21, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Hector Slagg

    Humm,
    Now I wonder what can be wrong? Maybe all those Union Execs visiting the White House were just passing the time of day. Ya suppose? Maybe the President is right and every one else is wrong. Ya suppose? All that critisum is just because Obama is Black. Ya suppose? All those Health Care Programs being dropped by large companies is just sour grapes. Ya suppose?

    September 21, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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