"Barbour knows we can follow his lead in transforming this great state if we choose the right leaders and make the right decisions."
U.S. Census Bureau statistics, however, show that the poverty rate in Mississippi rose from 15.6 percent in 2000 to 22.9 percent by 2009-1010. Today, Mississippi is the only state in the country with a poverty rate above 20 percent.
During the past decade, according to the Census Bureau, Mississippi's median income dropped by $6,142 -- from $42,963 in 2000 to $36,821 in 2010.
With the short interview awarded to the Gazette-Mail, there was no opportunity to ask Barbour about those statistics.
During the past 10 years, the proportion of Mississippi residents younger than 65 without health insurance rose from 16.5 percent to 22 percent.
In 2010, Mississippi ranked last in gross domestic product and personal income per capita.
"Governor Barbour strongly supports Bill Maloney because he understands the importance of electing a conservative, job-creator with real world experience," Stuart said in his news release.
"I am excited and delighted that Haley Barbour is bringing his remarkable record of achievement to West Virginia. . . .
"The status quo and electing career politicians that support Obama's policies are not the solution for more jobs or a better economy."
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