McWherter Gears Up for General Election

Gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter is ready to become a more visible candidate. McWherter is the only Democrat running for the governor’s office, and after Thursday’s primary, he’ll finally know which Republican he’s running against.

McWherter waited until last week to run television ads. Without a primary opponent, the Jackson Democrat says he didn’t see the need to spend on TV spots that would likely just get lost in the mix.

As the race shifts into a two-man competition, McWherter is banking on his appeal to entrepreneurs. He wants create tax incentives for small businesses that create jobs, saying sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

“Truthfully, I may have to dip a little deeper into the rainy day fund to help fund that, and then as that program comes on line and as we get people back to work, my number one priority is going to be to restore the rainy day fund.”

The GOP candidates contend the state can’t afford to begin such a program.

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