Governor Kay Ivey, in her re-election kickoff speech in Birmingham on Thursday, ticked off a list of popular talking points, noting the state’s fight against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the low rate unemployment insurance from Alabama.

“We’re going to hear a lot of talk in this campaign from politicians making big promises,” Ivy told those gathered at Lloyd’s restaurant in Birmingham for her campaign. launch speech. “A lot of talk from politicians who want to put Alabama down and talk badly about our state. We’re not going to get it. If they don’t like Alabama, they can go to New York, California or even in Illinois.

Ivey noted the state’s low unemployment rate and commented on the state’s response to COVID-19, referencing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, as “flip flops Fauci »

“Here in Alabama, we did what we had to do to make sure we stayed open during this terrible pandemic and to keep our young people in school where they belong,” Ivey said.

Ivey has come under fire from some Republicans for her statewide mask order and extensions to that order, and for orders early in the pandemic to shut down some businesses to slow the spread of the virus. These actions drew praise from others in the medical community who credited the actions as saving lives.

Alabama has the lowest percentage of residents fully vaccinated against COVID in the country, and is the only state with less than 50%, at 49.8%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state also has the highest number of COVID deaths per capita in the United States, with 356 deaths per 100,000 population.

“Alabama is the largest state in the country. We have accomplished so much together to move our state forward, and the best is yet to come. I’m proud of my conservative record.” said Ivey. “Together, we have created some 50,000 well-paying jobs in Alabama. We’ve created the best business climate in the nation and we’ve had the lowest unemployment rate in Alabama history.

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“Together, we have protected our conservative values. We banned critical race theory, we banned transgender sports in our schools, and I signed the toughest pro-life law in the nation. We will never use taxpayer dollars to kill our babies and we will protect every unborn life here in Alabama,” Ivey continued.

“I ask you all to vote for the primary in May. Together, we will keep Alabama running and bring even more progress to our Sweet Home Alabama. There is no step too high for a high stepper! said Ivey, concluding his speech.