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.
"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.