Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Nathan Deal’s optimistic re-election ad: ‘Georgia is on the move’ 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal is entering the final stretch of the campaign with the same message he started it with: Georgia is a haven for new jobs.

The 30-second spot, which you’ll find above, doesn’t mention the oft-repeated claim that Georgia is the number one place in the nation to do business. But it is otherwise similar to Deal’s feel-good ads that ran over the summer, with local anchors intoning big economic development deals capped by the governor’s sunny message.

The campaign won’t say how much it’s spending – the buy is “significant” we’re told – but we expect pro-Deal ads will be running through the November vote. The Republican Governors Association, which ran $1.5 million worth of attack ads slamming Democrat Jason Carter earlier this year, is widely expected to return to the airwaves later this month.

It comes weeks after a federal report showed Georgia is struggling with the nation’s second-highest jobless rate. Carter’s campaign has seized on the data as evidence of Deal’s poor stewardship of the economy.

“The evidence shows Georgia is falling behind other states,” said Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas, adding: “If Gov. Deal thinks this is the best we can do, then it’s clear that Georgia needs new leadership and a new vision for our state.”

The Democratic Party of Georgia also poked fun at the lack of diversity in the ad:

Here’s the text of the spot, which is called “Mean:”

Narrator: Georgia is on the move.

[TV anchors rattle off jobs deals]

Narrator: But what’s it really mean?

Deal: “People now have hope. Jobs are coming to their communities. It allows families to say to their children, ‘If you do get an education, there is going to be a job right here in Georgia that you stay and you can be employed and that way we’ll get to see our grandchildren in the process.”

176 comments
mrob
mrob

Wow!!! what a repeat! C'mon Deal, you're too heavy on the fake job creation. Give me a different ad to believe?

Brocus
Brocus

Steadily on the move from red to blue. Unsurprising given how passive and phlegmatic Deal has become. The guy shows no initiative. He just sits there.

Pistol66
Pistol66

As a multiple business owner and employer, it is great to have a governor who has worked hard to bring business and decent paying jobs to the state.  Understand what this ad states and that is "if you do get an education" then there will be a job for you.  If a citizen does their part the Governor is doing everything he can to bring jobs to Georgia!  The federal report does not take into account that the state is attempting to bring decent paying jobs here as opposed to more fast food and retail clerk positions that are low paying and dead end positions.  The democrats in their response show their own issues which have hurt the citizens of this state and the nation for too long!  Their concern over diversity and numbers is stupid as an employer in this day and age is color and gender blind as there are so few qualified applicants with a minimal education background that we can hire!  The President is always touting his jobs programs, but he is buying into the myth that everyone is entitled to a job whether they deserve one or not!  His low paying dead end jobs programs keep these people almost completely dependent on the government and destroys their initiative to do better! The democrats and the President are creating a  new hopeless class of people who are essentially in economic slavery to the government! The voters have awakened from their slumber and will reject the democrats' agenda in November and keep the state on track for further progress in this area(like rejecting federal interference in our education system)! 

rustplane
rustplane

Giving people hope may be fine in the depths of the Great Recession, but when that's over people expect more.  The US economy isn't predicted to take off and boom, just slowly and steadily improve.  Jobs that do come back include a lot of part time jobs.  A new plant or employer moving here may be a bright spot for Deal to crow about, but by and large their impact isn't enough.  States that are perceived to be failing and that rank low are just not going to attract new business or for that matter be a place where they feel their businesses will thrive.  They may move here, but they also move away.  So on balance, this ad is too little, too late.  I hope the voters get that.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

td, your own education, it appears to me from the quality of your posts, has been severely lacking.  Please forfeit giving your opinions about education in Georgia until you acquire more in-depth understanding of this subject.  

AllyanaZiolko
AllyanaZiolko

As a retiree of the University system, the only thing that moved for me is my medical expenses, which moved UP to double what they were. We're moving alright.

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

This election will come down obviously between a Republican and a  dem. Republican voters will be made up primarily of  white Christian middle class tax paying voters. Dem voters on the other hand will be mostly minority voters with a small mix of whites who are generally either school teachers wanting higher pay or homosexuals who want special rights. Honestly since the dem party is made up primarily of black voters why can't they find a good solid candidate that reflects their party? It is sad that people will sell their soul to the (devil) party that will give more handouts. 

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

Its refreshing to see ads like this instead of the divisiveness of the dem party ads that are made more to deceive than tell the truth. Governor Deal has done a great job for our state and its unfortunate that dems want to go back to the old Georgia where taxes were high and more people soaked up our tax dolloars through gubmint handouts...


You people...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

#weknownathan that Georgia is on the move but it does not include you as governor. 

 If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. ~~~ Albert Einstein


coj
coj

Quality jobs Nathan, not low end service-oriented jobs that pay dirt cheap. 

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Governor Deal is a good man who has done a lot of good things for Georgia. Why would anyone be stupid enough to support the far-left Democrat party in this race? Why?  Why would anyone want to have their taxes skyrocket while seeing those funds flushed down the toilet on such stupid useless Big Gov't programs.

Amen,

Bill

td1234
td1234

SAT Scores


Highest-scoring districts:

Forsyth County 1,580
Cherokee County 1,567
Fulton County 1,567
Rome City 1,562
Oconee County 1,554
Fayette County 1,554
Jefferson City 1,531
Decatur City 1,528
Floyd County1,517
Cobb County 1,515
Gwinnett County 1,513

td1234
td1234

"According to an annual College Board report released today, only 33% of 2013 Georgia public high school graduates who took the SAT are likely to succeed in first-year college courses.[1]  The report also shows that Georgia’s average SAT score for tested public school graduates decreased by 3 points since 2012 and lags the national average score by 40 points.  On a positive note, the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams has increased over the past five years, as has the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher.[2] Still, gaps in participation and pass rates remain between racial/ethnic subgroups.

To determine college readiness, the College Board sets benchmark SAT scores that indicate whether a student is likely to succeed in college courses.  The benchmark score is 1550 out of 2400.[3]  The College Board developed the benchmarks by analyzing a representative sample of students’ actual performance in four-year colleges.[4]  Students who meet the benchmark have a 65% chance of earning a grade point average of B minus or higher during the first year of college.

While only 33% of Georgia public high school students met the benchmark in all 3 subjects, 43% of 2013 Georgia public high school graduates met the benchmark in critical reading, as did 42% in mathematics.  Only 36% met the benchmark in writing.  The data show sizable achievement gaps by race/ethnicity.  Only 13% of black students and 26% of Hispanic students met the overall benchmarks, compared to 45% of white and 57% of Asian students."

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Brocus  That's what greedy pigs do and they are always the ones to get slaughtered first.

honested
honested

@Pistol66 

I shouldn't have read that with a mouthful of water.

Laughed so hard I sneezed onto my keyboard.

Live and learn.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Pistol66 For every Dem attack you have in your post I will see you a trickle down lie that has also help create a  new hopeless class of people who are essentially in economic slavery to the government.  Why do I say this?  It broke the country, nothing trickled down and since self preservation is the first law of nature the rest is history.

td1234
td1234

@MaryElizabethSings Education is more than just the ability to write properly. It is also the ability to understand and the ability to implement what you have been taught into a day to day environment.  While my writing skills may be lacking to a point what I have done with my education in terms of giving my family a better life is not. 


You can be the best writer in the world but when you can not feed and house your family then what good was your education?

td1234
td1234

@AllyanaZiolko You can thank Obamacare for those expenses. If you do not like the rise in expenses now then just wait for a couple more years. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@jaysbehind - The Devil Party is spelled GOP! Real Christians and Pro-Life People are for Healthcare, Food Stamps and Welfare for the Poor and Needy!

If any of You are against those Programs for the Poor & Needy. You are NOT Christian nor Pro-Life. You are Evil! and Not Followers of the word of Jesus Christ nor his Teachings.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Floyd County being included on that list seems... odd.  The rest make sense based on economics translating into education gains.  But Floyd County?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Thank you Governor Deal for cutting education budgets and furloughing teachers in order to improve state scores.

Pistol66
Pistol66

@StraightNoChaser @Pistol66  There are no attacks in my post only factual observations!  This administration has continually touted low paying dead end jobs as indicators of their success.  I applaud the Governor and the state for recognizing that as hogwash and attempting to do better!

Pistol66
Pistol66

@Bernie31 @Pistol66  Bernie, what is a lie?  Every employer in the state knows that many young people have not taken their education seriously!  I had to let go someone who was an Honors English graduate of Tuskegee Institute because she couldn't spell!  We have also had almost 6 years of the Obama administration and their stimulus program which resulted in meaningless low paying dead end jobs!  Finally, we have the democrats own email which is more concerned about "diversity" than good paying permanent jobs.  This is also reflected in the administration's obsession with raising the minimum wage to business killing levels because they have no clue how our economy works or tragically have a plan to only create low paying dead end jobs so more Americans can become enslaved and dependent on the government!

honested
honested

@td1234 @AllyanaZiolko 

I look forward to the next couple of years.

The first pass cut my company policy about 15%. 

Once the Employer Exchanges are in place (no matter how hard the wrong wing tries to stop them) I anticipate another 10-20%.

It is a shame though that hapless ralph won't get on board and do what is BEST for Georgians.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @AllyanaZiolko For once td1234 I can say that you have told a half truth, expenses will rise in the next years.  States were allowed to deny Medicaid expansion under the same Supreme Court decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act.  The 20 states choosing not to expand Medicaid will lose billions of dollars in federal funds.  By 2022 Georgia could lose $2.9 billion~~~USA Today December 5, 2013  @td1234 Nathan Deal made the decisions he has made regarding healthcare after being fully aware of the consequences, he thought he was doing something smart but in the end it proves he is an imbecile as I have been saying all along.  When is the GOP going to stop blaming the President for it's incompetence? This is not the President's fault it is however a clear indicator that the current occupier of the governor's mansion has made and will continue to make decisions guided by passion and obedience to a failing GOP ideology, 50 votes and a $79 billion dollar tab to tax payers by the House GOP to repeal ACA.  Wow it appears that he is not the only imbecile.  

honested
honested

@td1234 @coj 

For every new job shady has 'imported', three of equal or greater value have been lost.

Can you count?

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @td1234 That is where Barge and Buck came from but the voters of this state did not think either were worthy of holding higher office at the state level. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ByteMe @td1234 - Are you aware that the High School Graduation rate is about 56%. That means just a little over half of Georgia's Kids are Graduatting from High School in 2014! 

The last time the High School Graduation rate was that low was about 1966!

Yes Great Job Governor Deal...Yer Kids is Dumb as a Sack of Rocks too!

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @td1234 "Seventy-one percent of 2013 public school graduates in Georgia took the SAT, which is higher than the national average of 43%"


Why do we allow this high of a % to take the test while other states do not?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Well, Barge made it to state school superintendent, so he was worthy of that level of state office.  Voters just thought that maybe that was his best job and he wanted to go further.  Running for office is a crap shoot and I'm sure both knew that.

td1234
td1234

@Bernie31 It is 69% but do not let the facts get in your way. 


Why do we have sorry parents that do not set at a minimum of a HS diploma for their children? My children know a HS diploma is just a small step in what is expected in their educational achievement.  

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 I don't think it's "allow" so much as encourage (possibly because of HOPE?  not sure).  Only 4% (last I looked) of Iowa high school seniors take it and they have the highest scores.  I really don't know if it's because they have a vocation track in high school or they are taking the ACT instead or what.  But I do know that you are correct that the state does seem to encourage more people to take the college-entry tests.

red-neck
red-neck

@td1234 @Bernie31 You are right if the parents do not care if the children do not want to stay in school  why would the kids care. It s not the  schools fault because the kids do not care. If kids can not do simple math why would a high tech company want to move here .If another Carter is elected he will throw good money at the problem with no fix, you can not fix dumb pars

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @Bernie31 -  Forgive my error...69% is Nothing to Brag About nor anything to claim as successful. Especially in this Day and age...A Shameful outcome. 

This is Georgia, A State where Backwards thinking is a virtue of Pride

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe You do not have to take the SAT for the HOPE unless you have more than a 3.7 GPA and want the Zell Miller.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@red-neck @td1234 @Bernie31 - Your People do not want Black People to be Successful. You Never Have! Your People have fought and made Laws to make Life as miserable as Possible for Black People no matter what they do.

You are not a CHRISTIAN People nor do you believe in the American Principles You claim that you do. You do not see Black People as Human Beings and this allows you to justify your Hatred,disdain and out right evil ways toward Black People of America.

Andy123
Andy123

@Bernie31 @td1234 

Of the 31% who don't graduate, tell us the percentage who are people of color Bernie.

Uh..huh 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Correct, but you need it to get into the local colleges.  So if you have the GPA, the HOPE encourages people to take the next step and try to get into a local college.  And Iowa may not have that incentive.  Or their colleges want the ACT, so we're looking at the wrong stat.  Just not sure.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Andy123 @Bernie31 @td1234 - This is how YOUR People have always wanted and planned since the arrival of The Good Ship Jesus. This is why your People BETRAYED America to keep it that way. This is Why your People created JIM Crow Laws to Keep it that way. This is why Your People NOW want School Choice and School Vouchers to keep it that way! and This is why President Obama is Hated so viciously by Your People. 

For a Educated Black Man like President Obama makes you and yer People as SKERRED as they are of dem TERRORIST!

An yer knows how SKERRED, you are of Dem Terrorist.

Funny, how when dem Terrorist come, yer always sayin 

" WE IS ALL American NOW!" cause We is Skerred!

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @td1234 You can take the COMPASS test for all the local colleges and do not have to take the SAT or ACT. 


Also, only 50 or so % of our HS grads go to college so why are we getting 71% to take the test?