Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia rallied with Tom Corbett at a fire station near Philadelphia yesterday, emphasizing the need for supporters to turn out the vote in these final days before Nov. 2.
The Obama administration and the Pelosi/Reid congress have made the biggest lurch to the left in American political history,” said Barbour. “Spending in the trillions, the trillions. When I was in the Reagan White House the budget was a trillion. In the Obama White House the deficit is a trillion three, a trillion four, a trillion five in his first three budgets.”
“They believe in bigger government even if it means a smaller economy,” asserted Barbour. “We’re going to have a bigger economy, and one reason is we’re going to have a smaller government.”
Bob McDonnell, elected last year in Virginia and, like Corbett, a former attorney general, spoke to the audience last, speaking in detail on the need for reforms in Pennsylvania government. He illustrated the necessity of voting with a story.
“Seventy percent of the people in Iraq turned out to vote in 2005,” recounted McDonnell of the first Iraqi elections. “Women, crying in the streets with their blue thumbs because they had got to vote, invested in their democracy for the first time in 25 years after the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. And they had to worry about IEDs and snipers on the way to the polls.”
“In my election, only 45 percent of the people showed up to vote,” said McDonnell. “I think that’s embarrassing. Don’t let that happen here in Pennsylvania.”
Corbett has been campaigning with Gov. Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty and others this week, along with Pennsylvania senate contender Pat Toomey.
NR’s Robert Costa profiled Toomey at a Corbett-Barbour-Pawlenty-Christie rally earlier today.