What Paul LePage’s State of the State says about the 2014 gubernatorial election
By Rebekah Metzler
Gov. Paul LePage isn’t going to change his stripes ahead of his re-election campaign and that’s both a testament to his conviction to staying true to who he is and a recognition of his best path to victory.
Liberal and middle of the road voters alienated by the blustery Republican in his first term are not going to abandon Democratic candidate Mike Michaud or independent candidate Eliot Cutler for LePage. It’s just not going to happen. LePage wins re-election by firing up his base, aiming for that 38 percent support he received in 2010 and praying the Cutler campaign gets something going and splits the remaining 62 percent of the vote with Michaud.
In his State of the State address, LePage hit the base-baiting rhetoric that has been a hallmark of his: castigating liberals, railing against undeserving welfare recipients and asking citing egregious examples of excess government.
Governor LePage calls for bold action in State of the State Address
Gov. touches on economic growth, welfare reform
AUGUSTA, Maine —Governor LePage called for bold action in his third State of the State Address on Tuesday night.
“We must make some bold decisions,” Lepage said. The Republican leader wants to create what he called “open for business” zones around the state; places where works will not have to join unions and where businesses will get tax breaks and other incentives.
“Investment capital always goes where it’s welcomed and will stay where it’s appreciated,” LePage continued.
Gov. LePage touts economic progress, urges reforms
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage, touting his job-creating reforms, applauded the state’s improving economy on Tuesday in his annual State of the State address as he sought to convince the Democratic-controlled Legislature to approve his policies while giving voters a reason to return him to office for another term.
The state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in five years, and 13,000 new private-sector jobs have been created since he’s taken office, he said. But Maine is at a crossroads, he said, urging the Legislature to join him by backing proposals he said will attract businesses to the state, cut taxes and state spending and begin combating the drug epidemic.
“We cannot return to the last 40 years. We can do better than that. We must be bold. And we must have the courage to make tough decisions,” LePage told lawmakers during his nearly hour-long address.
Excerpts from Governor Paul LePage’s 2014 State of the State address
By Gabor Degre, BDN Staff
Excerpts from Gov. Paul LePage’s 2014 State of the State address.
Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 10:11 p.m.
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