Robert Bentley on Principles & Values
Great State 2019 Plan sets its sights on educating and training our people, while connecting and constructing basic opportunities for all our citizens. This bold course of action has guided us, and will continue to be our map for the next two years.
The Great State 2019 Plan serves as a Guidepost to remind us that while we gain ground, we cannot continue to ignore the problems that have persisted in our state for decades.
Will we ask ourselves the words in the book of Galatians "You were running so well, who is it that cut in on you? Such distraction does not come from the One who calls you." The day we were elected and chosen, asked by the people of this state to serve them--to be their voices in state government--we were not Called for Politics. We were Called for a Purpose.
Late last month, Griffith made stops around the state with a 20-foot high duck--symbolic, he said, of the governor "ducking" a forensic contest with him.
Bentley had expressed a willingness to debate Griffith after his primary victory on June 3. In his statement Monday, the governor said he once had hopes for a "civil conversation" on the issues. "My opponent's actions prove he has no interest in such civil political discourse, making any debate with him meaningless in helping people make up their mind in this election."
A spokesperson said the only reason for the governor getting away from the debate was Griffith's actions. Asked how Griffith's comments were different [from other campaigning], she replied, "What's different about this is our opponent is carrying an inflatable duck around the state.