Former PA Republican governors praise Corbett

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 13, 2013 8:17 AM
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(Hershey) -- Governor Corbett has been endorsed by two of his Republican predecessors.

At an event last night at the Station 48 Firehouse in Hershey, about 50 people turned out.  

Former Governor Tom Ridge hailed Corbett as a leader who responded admirably to problems he inherited, such as a poor economy and budget deficits, while Former Governor Mark Schweiker says the race is just beginning.  

"I love the theme — less taxes, more jobs," Ridge said repeatedly of Corbett's campaign motto.

Ridge hailed Corbett as "a leader in crisis" who "inherited" problems of a state budget deficit and a recession-battered economy when he took office in 2011. He said Corbett cut spending to balance the budget while increasing funding for education and technology more recently.

Voters "expected him to make tough decisions. He did," Ridge said.

Corbett is struggling to turn around stubbornly low job-approval ratings in independent polls, but has been unable to deliver any of his top three priorities in the Legislature — a transportation funding plan, an overhaul of state pension funds and the privatization of liquor and wine sales.

Schweiker, Ridge's lieutenant governor who served out the last 15 months of Ridge's tenure after President Bush appointed him as national homeland security chief, said Corbett's record is solid.

"This race is just beginning," Schweiker said. "It's how you finish" that counts.

Corbett says he believes his administration's policies, such as not raising taxes, have served the state well.

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