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

    Does it strike anyone that even basic GOP speeches cannot survive basic fact checking? I mean, I know politicians are not your best moral standard bearers, but really, the good governor's speech doesn't survive a 3-minute Google session. Worse his lies become the parrot-heads blog lines for the next two weeks. C'mon- you guys really need to see just how inept annoying and foolish your lies are- and they don't do one thing for your credibility. And why not? Who believes certified liars? Your protective Right- wing echo chamber isn't helping you. You are getting more and more delusional by they day- and don't think people don't see it. Repeating lies won't make them true, and your army of dittoheads will turn on the moment (which may not come for years, unfortunately) they figure out that you have lied to them, and you work against their daily best interests.
    Grow up, please, unlock the door and let the sadults back in.

    September 21, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Ron -IN

    The thing about the Republican Governors that is MOST annoying is how they think they can make up their OWN FACTS. The President has "reached out" several times to the Republican Congress but this a certain group of them don't want "compromise" they want "surrender". The Republicans are pretty pathetic when you look at them objectively. They want to cut people off the SNAP program and they don't want to raise the minimum wage even though a large number of Americans on SNAP work either Part Time or Full Time. They either really don't care what happens to the poor or they have no clue just how hard it is for the working poor. In either case I feel they are hindering the economic growth of the nation.

    September 21, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People Partial Government Shutdown tea potty cut taxes and spend failed policies are the reason that Detriot went bankrupt. Reno won't be far behind.

    September 21, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Name Uche Agonsi

    Sandoval gave tax-cuts to the rich, balanced his budgets, improved education, but regrettably he did not mention how the jobless, kids, poor and middle class benefitted. And what is state of health of both unemployed and people under incapacitations. How foolish of the governor to think of balancing budget in a recession, instead of ways to stimulate growth and demand.

    September 21, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    @Anonymous,

    Rachel Maddow is to blame for the losses in 2010? I doubt it. In any case, I think liberals were uninspired by a health insurance law dreamed up by conservatives 20 years ago that didn't have a public option, and by a Democratic President who didn't publicly fight for that option. I think they were dismayed that Social Security and Medicare were on the table for budget negotiations. (They STILL are, by the way, if the GOP ever gets past its Obamacare hysteria.) They were scratching their heads at a guy "evolving" against bigotry. This is just off the top of my head. But those issues are a BIG DEAL among liberals. This wasn't a case of, "Hey, I got only 98% of what I wanted; I'm staying home this election." Many of us saw a guy getting pushed around and not minding it that much. Factor in the usual trend against the President's party winning mid-terms, and a fired-up conservative base, and we got what we got.

    I think many liberals who normally tune out of elections because the Democratic Party isn't aligned with their views were lured into involvement by Obama's 08 campaign. But when he turned out to be another Clinton centrist, who in fact surrounded himself with Clinton alumni, those liberals tuned out again. Blame them all you like, but also understand that the Democratic Party and liberals are not usually aligned; why expect them to vote for a party who doesn't share their beliefs? Unlike conservatives, most liberals aren't willing to be hoodwinked by their party every 2 years. They tune out. So all that were left were centrists. Conservatives outnumbered centrists in 2010.

    By the way, as a liberal, I MUCH prefer Second Term Obama to First Term Obama. I'm betting other liberals are feeling the same. If the GOP shuts down the government, they can forget about the Senate and they might not even retain the House, despite all their gerrymandering. We shall see.

    September 21, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Same ole, same ole. Blah, blah, blah Obama bad! He's destroying OUR country. This is Amurikkka. Blah, blah, blah.

    September 21, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Getoverit

    Just another op-ed....

    September 21, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Obama sent stimulus money to Governors to create jobs in their states.

    Republican governors used the money to balance their budgets and give tax cuts to corporations.

    Yet it is Obama's fault? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Typical republican liar.

    September 21, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP already tanked , they will lose the house and senate and have no power left,sounds good to me !!!!!

    September 21, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. 2012liberal

    There is a bill OBAMA presented. It's called the american jobs act. He gave it 2 congress 2 yrs ago. Leader, ha ha, speaker,ha ha Bohner wont bring it 2 the floor 4 a vote. He also wont bring Obamas budget 2 floor 4 a vote either. So...it's Obamas fault how?

    September 21, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Michael Benjamin

    These Republicans are frauds. Their famous triad of reducing the size of government, balancing budgets and cutting taxes is merely hot air. There has not been one Republican president in the last 50 years who actually reduced the size of government, spent less or balanced a budget. Republicans are noted for outrageous fairy tales, the litany of walking the talk is largely a figment of their imaginations. Take Reagan for example, the vaunted leader of the conservative movement is cited constantly for numerous positions which he did not hold . He would probably not get through a primary election in today's rabid tea potty climate. The world's largest economy does not operate well with laissez-faire policies. Herbert Hoover tried that proving it a disaster. Now some backwoods governor from a state that has a total population of a medium sized city is expounding how things should be done. States do not go to war, they do not provide national defense, enter in to treaties, or regulate myriad industries to protect the welfare of its citizens. Very few of these states have the capacity to survive in the world on their own. The states screaming the loudest like Nevadda are not donor states, they receive money from the federal government in order to balance their budgets. Big business and the rich have the capacity to take care of themselves. Government has a responsibility to defend those who can not do that for themselves. Let us all play the Republican game of making sure the little people are kept in their place while we find was to enrich ourselves their expense.

    September 21, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    @Data Driven

    You knew I was speaking of Rachel Maddow and I respect that you didn't suggest that she did not encourage people to stay home on election night to and I quote "send a message". I will also respect that Progressives were quite angry that they did not get the progressive agenda they hoped they would get. However, given the limit to what Obama has been able to achieve not by his own lack of admission but because the cards fell where they fell in cooperation with a Congress not willing to negotiate with him on any one issue, I find it difficult to accept that progressives weren't already aware of the conflict within the White House and Congress. Obama had in fact started his first term trying to adopt and push through the very progressive programs that ended up getting him in such hot water in Congress to begin with: i.e. Healthcare.

    President Obama had the progressives back. He put their agenda's on the table. Republicans fought back. Progressives in turn dumped Obama. I worked phone banks in 2010. I had Maddow's quote repeated to me time and again. I hope it will be different in 2014. Quite frankly, we can no longer afford to have Republicans damaging State after State with their regressive policies of turning back time. Nor can I find it in my heart to place all the blame on Barack Obama. I am only stating this because 2010 was as disheartening a year as I have ever witnessed from voters in the Democratic Party. I can only hope we all can stick together in 2014 and vote with enthusiasm and determination.

    September 21, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    Well, hey, Henry, your party is the one that keeps floating all these ideas that DON'T WORK. What else are we supposed to think except you're a bunch of nimrods?

    September 21, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Sharon

    I can't believe the stupidity of most of these folks. Fact checking indeed! California is a hell-hole and everyone knows it. Ditto for the city of Detroit (which had one of the most strident gun control measures). You gotta love these liberals-when Facts get in the way, they ignore them. Just as with Climate warming–oops, the facts just came out negating everything that nutjob Gore has ever said, but hey, what do these left wingers do? Try to kill the report!!! The only thing liberals own is the "hypocrisy" crown as if this President was Bush instead of Obama and everything else remained the same with this lousy economy, these same liberals who protect Obama would be screaming at the top of their lungs.

    September 21, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Kathy

    Weekly address? I have lived in Las Vegas 35 years and never knew there was a weekly Governor's address. If it was true that "the fastest growing states with the best economies are all led by Republican governors," what have you been doing Brian Sandoval? We have had Republican governors in Nevada since 1999, what are you all sandbagging? I've conducted a poll and 5 people in Las Vegas know or listen to Sandoval's address so he could just about say anything he wants and no one will care.

    September 21, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    September 21, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    @Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America – - – You keep saying, and you continue to say that when the 2014 mid terms roll around, the republicans are going to be "kicked out" – - – well, you better think again...IF your 18 – 45 Voters don't Vote, You are going to find yourself looking IN, instead of Looking Out. LOL -

    why don't you watch Leno – one night a week, he does this thing called "Jay-walking" – he will interview 6 to 8 different people, at random – mostly college grads – or still in college – when he puts a photo of Michelle Obama, or "W" or some other High Profile person that is in the News, day in & day out, & week in, & week out. and they have absolutely NO idea who it is, this country is in big trouble, big time. Let me say it in a short way – - If your 18 – 40 voters stay hooked up to their I – Phones, and twitter / & FB, and other types of social media come election day, you better figure on a REPUBLICAN SWEEP, in 2014, period.

    September 21, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. joepa14221

    You know, it is funny when liberals don't like what they hear they call people liars. This is sad because liberals are supposed to be for free speech. If you want to look at what Obama does is he doesn't negotiate. What is the last bill that Obama even negotiated on. When he comes to congress, and says this is the way it is take it or leave it. he is no better than those he hates. If you go to congress and say that oh i want to lower business taxes from 35 to 30 and throw in all of these other things, you are not negotiating. His most common thing to say is that oh this is a republican idea. It could be a republican idea, but if you change it and the republicans don't like it but don't want to negotiate then it isn't there idea anymore. It is like me saying I will get you a glass a water because it is your idea and i come back with a flavored water, you say you don't want it and i say it was your idea. So therefore, i say that you won't negotiate. That is what Obama does.

    September 21, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Karl Rove / GW Bush

    we busted it , we can fix it 2016 !

    September 21, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Darrell44

    vote out all republicants!!! get rid of them all!!!

    vote out all republicants!!!

    vote out all republicants!!!

    September 21, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Yes,Hector we all suppose you are idiot also,right? We don't suppose you are,we know you are.

    September 21, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    So this is the new GOP attack line, that the President won't negotiate with the GOP? Why would he? We don't negotiate with terrorists. Besides, the GOP definition of "negotiate", means all their way, or no way at all.

    September 21, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. just me

    No guv, the US doesn't negotiate with terrorists. And the next time you address the nation, remember to get your facts straight.

    September 22, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. davefrompalmsprings

    Why in the world would someone be talking about additional tax cuts for the wealthy? Since the 1950s there have been far, far too many tax cuts on the wealthy far, far too many times. It has literally destroyed our economy!
    Since the 1950s, the top 1% have taken well over 100% of the net wealth while the bottom 99%'s share of net wealth has declined drastically, It would take a fool not to know that this is not sustainable. It is unfathomable to me to even think that anyone would suggest EVEN MORE tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead there should be SUBSTANTIAL TAX INCREASES on the wealthy to bring our economy into a balance that is sustainable.

    September 22, 2013 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  24. The ".....trash" is at it again.

    The gov completely contradicted everything is really happening in Washington. Where do you get to claim that Obama must engage GOP opposition? When in fact is the GOP who won't even listen to its own voters.

    I gues too much time in the desert does affect judgment. Reublcans are a joke and not worth listening anymore.

    September 22, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  25. Catmandew

    Obama lies just as much, forgets what he said previously all the time! Most of Obama's facts are just as out there as the rest of DC's BS. Fact they are all out of touch! The governors are more in touch with their states and many states are having success getting local economies heading the right way again!

    September 22, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
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