"The states that are the most competitive are the ones that are the most austere going forward. We have to become an austere, limited government, low-tax state, and we will attract investment. That’s where small businesses are going to grow. This is a different model, a different paradigm. The government spending model will not work, has not worked. Go the other direction. This is not about looking for new ways to get revenues. This is about reducing your overhead. You do that and you’ll be the most competitive and dynamic state. That’s what Tennessee needs to do."
More Wampisms: He vows to be a governor like Texas' Rick Perry. Just what we've been waiting for (going forward, that is).
"The experience that I put before you today far surpasses the other candidates, no matter what they say, or what you read, or how much money they spend. That’s the fact. I am ready to lead this state forward. We’ve got to do it with the right background and the right backbone. Because these are going to be difficult days. We’ve got to protect what we have in Tennessee as we go forward, and it’s going to take resolve and determination. I’m going to be a Rick Perry kind of governor, and we need that in Tennessee as we go forward."