Highlights of Neshoba County Fair speeches

Here are some highlights from political speeches Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair:

George Dale, Democrat running for re-election as insurance commissioner: "Some have said that I've been too cozy with the industry that I regulate. Those who make these charges have never offered one fact where I have not held the insurance industry accountable to the laws of Mississippi that I am called on to enforce."

Gary Anderson, Democrat running for insurance commissioner: "I believe that we can do better than what we're doing right now. And that's why I signed a pledge not to take any money from insurance companies or their executives. I know that as your next insurance commissioner, it is just plain wrong, ladies and gentlemen, to take money from the industry that you are responsible to regulate."

Mike Chaney, Republican running for insurance commissioner: "Almost two years after Katrina, the insurance situation in Mississippi is still a mess. That's why I'm running - to clean up the mess."

John Windsor, Democrat running for secretary of state: "In order to protect every person's right (to vote), we must be mindful of the sad history of voter intimidation in this state. ... And whether it's voter intimidation of the African-American citizens back in the '60s or whether it's voter intimidation of rural white voters over in Noxubee County, the day of voter intimidation in Mississippi is over."

Rob Smith, Democrat running for secretary of state: "You've got a federal judge that's come here and he's dictated. ... As a voter you ought to be upset, you ought to be upset. He's telling people 70 years old, 60 years old or 25 years old, you're going to reregister (to vote). He doesn't have that right to tell my daughter and my daddy that you're going to reregister or you're not going to vote. Cause my daddy said he'd whip your butt if you tell him he's not going to vote (after) fighting for his country. And you ought to be outraged, too."

Delbert Hosemann, Republican running for secretary of state: "My mother is 83 years old. She may lose her right to drive, but she must never lose her right to vote. ... Constitutional voter identification is a cornerstone of our state. It's the only way to make sure that living Mississippi citizens are the ones who vote in our elections."

Jeffrey Rupp, Republican running for secretary of state: "I'm sure some of you are familiar with our friend in Noxubee County, Ike Brown. Ike was just recently convicted by the feds for intimidating people. ... When I was mayor of Columbus, Ike used to come visit me in city hall, and he would close the door and tell me how we were going to do things in Columbus, how we were going to redraw our district lines in Columbus. I wasn't intimidated by Ike Brown then. I certainly won't be intimidated as your secretary of state."

Mike Lott, Republican running for secretary of state: "I have a record of bold, conservative leadership. ... I am the guy that you need to put in office if you want something done about illegal immigration."

Gene Sills, Republican running for secretary of state: "Basically what I'm concerned about is what I see as mismanagement of public lands."

Tate Reeves, Republican running for re-election as state treasurer: "We have more work to do to bring business principles to state government."

Shawn O'Hara, Democrat running for state treasurer: "I like Tate. I like him. But he inherited some problems ... he hasn't dealt with."

Haley Barbour, Republican running for re-election as governor: "Four years ago, I stood here and not only talked about the serious problems Mississippi faced, but I also laid out plans and programs to solve those problems. I told you, 'With strong leadership, we can do better.' And today we are doing better, much better. Not every problem is solved, and not every solution is perfect; but you judge for yourself how well Mississippi is doing today."

John Arthur Eaves Jr., Democrat running for governor: "I dream of a new day in Mississippi where we don't kick our parents and our children off Medicaid, where our children don't go uninsured, and where big insurance and big tobacco no longer decide our health care policies.

"I dream of a new Mississippi, a new day in Mississippi, that rewards hardworking, God-fearing, honest people with jobs that provide dignity and a living wage that enables them to spend time with their family. I dream of a new day in Mississippi where our children go to the best schools in the South; schools that are excellent, not merely adequate; and schools that provide our children with the skills that they need for the workplace of tomorrow."

Elmer L. "Louis" Fondren, Democrat running for governor: "We owe the people of Mississippi jobs, jobs, jobs."