Web Video and Research: Who do you believe on jobs, Grimes or Beshear?

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is in the midst of a speaking tour touting her campaign’s “jobs” plan. During her speeches, Grimes says Kentucky has lost more than 100-thousand jobs and blames U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. In fact, the Grimes campaign has launched a website (http://wherearethekyjobs.tumblr.com/) to attack McConnell on Kentucky’s job losses. On her campaign site, she asks supporters to sign a petition that says: “Ask Mitch, Where are the jobs?” 

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership (KSL) noticed, however, that not everyone agrees with Mrs. Grimes’s gloomy assessment. In fact, Governor Steve Beshear (D) has said quite a bit about Kentucky’s job situation, and KSL has launched a web video to draw attention to the clear disagreement between the Grimes campaign and the Governor’s office on Kentucky jobs:

Below, please find research on what Beshear has said about jobs and what Grimes has said. The question is: who do you believe, Grimes or Beshear? Beshear and McConnell have overlapped since Beshear took office in 2007. Are the Grimes attacks on McConnell in fact attacks on Beshear?

Governor Steve Beshear on Kentucky’s Job Situation

BESHEAR, 1/7/14: “And It’s No Wonder That Kentucky Is Leading The Nation In New Business Creation.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 1/7/14)

BESHEAR, 1/17/14: “I’ve Told Kentucky’s Story… About Us Bringing Thousands Of Jobs From Places Like India, China, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Australia And Austria.” BESHEAR: “Over the last three months I’ve told Kentucky’s story on influential programs like ‘Meet the Press,’ C-SPAN, CNN, the BBC, NPR, CBS Evening News and in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. … They wanted to know about Kentucky being in the forefront in adopting state-written and locally-implemented standards for education as required by Senate Bill 1… about us bringing thousands of jobs from places like India, China, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Australia and Austria… about us moving to No. 3 in building cars.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 1/7/14)

BESHEAR, 11/14/13: “Economic Development Last Year We Were The – We Have The Second Highest Job Growth Rate Of Any State In The Country.” (MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” 11/4/13)

BESHEAR, 10/3/13: “In The World Of Business, Kentucky Has Also Been Recognized For Our Aggressive Efforts To Emerge From The Global Recession A Lot Sooner Than Most States. In 2012 We Ranked Number Two In The Entire Country For Job Growth Rate Over The Previous Year.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks At The National Journal Forum On Countdown To Transformation, Washington, DC, 10/3/13)

BESHEAR, 3/8/11: “They Elected Me Governor To Create Jobs. And That’s What We’re Doing Here, And That’s What We’re Going To Continue To Do.” (NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 3/8/11)

BESHEAR, 2/6/13: “We’ve Made A Lot Of Progress. For Example, Our One-Year Net Job Growth Recently Ranked Second In The Nation, And Our Current Unemployment Rate Is The Lowest In Over Four Years. That Jobless Rate Has Fallen Almost 25 Percent In Two Years.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 2/6/13)

BESHEAR, 2/6/13: “In Fact, We’re Now Adding Jobs At The Pre-Recession Pace.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 2/6/13)

BESHEAR, 2/1/11: “Creating Jobs Is Slow Work. It’s Hard Work. But There Is No Doubt That Our Efforts Are Gaining Momentum.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 2/1/11)

BESHEAR, 1/6/10: “Together, These Job Announcements Are Tangible Signs That The Economic Recovery Has Begun.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 1/6/10)

BESHEAR, 1/6/10: “I’ve Already Discussed The Substantial Progress We Are Making In Creating And Maintaining Jobs.” (Gov. Steve Beshear, Remarks On The State Of The Commonwealth, Frankfort, KY, 1/6/10)

Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky’s Job Situation

GRIMES: “We Have Lost Of 118,000 Jobs During The Worst Part Of The Recession.” (Alison For Kentucky, “Kentucky Jobs Action Plan Launch,” Web Video, Posted 2/5/14)

GRIMES: “Faced With Hardship, It Is Sen. McConnell Who Has Failed Kentucky.” “‘Faced with hardship, it is Sen. McConnell who has failed Kentucky,’ she said, blaming the Republican leader for rising unemployment and disappearing coal mining jobs in the state.” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass Bravado: Grimes Takes On McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

GRIMES: “Kentucky Families Deserve Better – Good Paying Jobs And A Good Quality Of Life. Unlike Mitch McConnell’s Failed Agenda, My Forward-Looking Plan For Kentucky Will Help Increase Family Incomes And Encourage Businesses To Grow And Create Jobs, Prepare And Train Kentuckians For The Jobs Future, And Increase Kentucky’s Global Competitiveness.” (Ralph B. Davis, “Grimes Plan For East Ky.” Support Coal And Diversify,” The Floyd County Times, 1/22/14)

GRIMES: “I Am A Strong Supporter Of The Jobs That Are Here In This State. … We Need To Have A Fighter. We Haven’t Had Somebody Fighting For Us. We’ve Got A Lot Of People Fighting Against Us, But Not A Lot Of People Fighting For Us.”(Sam Youngman, “For Grimes, Coal Presents An Endless Tightrope,” The Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/20/14)

GRIMES: “Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get It, But We Get It And We Will Hold Him Accountable.” “In her first big appearance since rolling out her campaign last July, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes introduced an economic policy plan and criticized U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for not doing enough to help the state – particularly Eastern Kentucky. ‘Mitch McConnell doesn’t get it, but we get it and we will hold him accountable,’ Grimes told a crowd of more than 500 at Prestonsburg’s Mountain Arts Center on Thursday.” (Joseph Gerth, “Grimes Unveils Growth Policy,” The Courier-Journal, 1/17/14)

GRIMES: “I Recognize, And What Mitch McConnell Has Lost Sight Of A Long Time Ago, Is This Is A Tragedy. It’s Not Just A Set Of Numbers.”(Joseph Gerth, “Grimes Unveils Growth Policy,” The Courier-Journal, 1/17/14)