Sanford questions Colbert Busch on job creation, she answers

Sanford airs his dirty laundry (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford says stimulus funds are no way to create jobs.

Bringing a basket of laundry with him, Sanford visited a dry cleaner in Mount Pleasant and spoke with reporters Monday during his campaign for the state's 1st District congressional seat.

Sanford was among the first U.S. governors to refuse federal stimulus money. The Republican said his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, has called the Clemson Wind Turbine Research facility in North Charleston a good use of stimulus money.

But Sanford says even the Obama administration has noted the facility created or saved only 134 jobs at about $320,000 per job. Sanford says a better way to create jobs is reduce taxes and government regulation.

In response, Elizabeth Colbert Busch released the following statement.

"This is just another perfect example of Mark playing fast and loose with the facts. The wind turbine project has, and will, create good-paying jobs right here at home for American workers. The project is still under construction and studies show the wind power industry in South Carolina is projected to create as many as 20,000 jobs. When it comes to our energy, we don't need an 'either/or' policy, but a business-minded comprehensive approach in order for America to truly become energy independent from foreign oil. As a businesswoman, I'm proud of bringing together both the public and private sectors as partners that can invest in South Carolina not only today, but for generations to come.

{}"On the other hand, Mark Sanford's short-sighted agenda cost us jobs - 98,000 South Carolinians lost their jobs while he was in charge. Under Mark Sanford's term as governor, government spending, taxes and debt all went up - all while he presided over an unemployment rate that was near a record high. He brought down our credit rating and oversaw a 37 percent reduction in traffic at the Port, and even TIME Magazine ranked Sanford as one of the worst governors in the country. If Mark Sanford had his way, he would have stopped the bridge and dredging - all investments that have created good jobs for our community. As a businesswoman, I know what it takes to create jobs, and that's exactly what I'll do in Congress."{}