EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says that after focusing on education and job creation his first two years he’ll concentrate on public safety in 2014.
The Republican governor also says he has a “divine responsibility” to oppose abortion and to protect school prayer and gun ownership.
His comments came Thursday during a speech at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual gathering known as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty.
House Speaker Philip Gunn, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith also spoke Thursday. They’re all Republicans.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Attorney General Jim Hood and State Auditor Stacey Pickering spoke at the Fair on Wednesday.