Gov. Schweitzer: US economy is on the mend
Montana governor talks DNC, energy policy
- Duration 4:40
- Date Sep 3, 2012
Montana governor talks DNC, energy policy
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He'd viewed his stand up stand up Colorado.
-- You have -- -- -- -- you -- again.
-- the clip from the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver that Britain and John were to talk a little bit about.
Montana governor ranks -- -- firing up the crowd he's going to be taking the stage once again at this year's convention the big question governor.
Is whether or not you're gonna -- to the chief sees again he -- do that again governor.
Well there's -- cheap seats who want to be gotten them again.
I ever -- -- you -- times that as recently as February.
You asked the president straight time if he had what it took to win this race.
Why you asking that question.
The other governors sitting around the table lead they know what it's like when you're in election year are re election year but he got the fire in your belly.
Is your family up for this because a lot of nasty things happened during the election cycle people say things that aren't true.
People say mean things.
And you've got to have that fire in your belly to an election like this and what we heard it from home in spades he's got the fire in the belly.
He had the confidence in him I -- and we showed a little bit of that speech that you gave in 2008.
The -- this speech is really about energy.
About embracing alternative energy embracing oil production as well and you said that you really were excited about the president because of his policies when it came today.
It's an energy.
I you call yourself.
What -- the biggest keystone XL supporters in the country and we know right now that that project is in the very least delayed by this administration so.
Talk just a little bit about that.
Well actually the keystone is delayed by Nebraska as you know.
The Keystone Pipeline starts no verdict comes across Montana and South Dakota is proposed to go across Nebraska then Kansas Oklahoma -- Texas now.
All the rest of those states and Alberta have permitted it but.
Not Nebraska boy they said all we got to study this -- a lot so they actually haven't given amount permitted route.
It's it's difficult in Washington DC for them to give them a -- a route until we actually have established what that route would be.
It's the Republicans in Nebraska who took the wheels off the bus and then the Republicans in Washington DC wanna know why the buses run and -- Do you view that you're not disappoint with the president when -- -- his energy policies of the last couple years you approve of the way that he's -- energy in this country -- the way that he says he has.
Well when he was elected just four years ago approximately.
I think the price of gasoline in the summer of 2008 was about four dollars and eleven cents we were about three dollars and 43 cents this summer.
We actually have gone from importing about 60% of our oil to about 40%.
And more than 50% of the drilling rigs working worldwide are working in the United States were producing more we're using less that's a path to energy independence and I like that.
-- using that your -- Democrat in your governor of Montana because they went back and looked at some of the voting records in your state and if you look at.
You know the way that you see it is voted in presidential elections it's voted mainly Republican going back to about in the Clinton it has only been Republican but.
-- right now looks like your state is leaning towards Mitt Romney so since you're representing the people of your state.
Why supporting the president what is it about the president that continues to -- your support when the people that you represented may not he has convinced.
Oh gosh I think it's been since LBJ since.
Hey -- Democrats got 50% in Montana so that's not unusual.
But this president was inherited one of the worst economies in the history this country.
49 consecutive months of increasing private sector jobs by the way all over this country we've been.
Public sector jobs are down by four point 2% and we're at six and a half percent unemployment.
So we've created -- and -- half million new jobs private sector decreased the public sector jobs and Montana's on the -- and -- the rest of the country.
Yes say -- -- kept more taxes for my hands I've residents and then than in previous in any other time in state entry and.
Then seven consecutive years of the largest budgets are well I -- second.