WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican governors in the South are lining
up against some of the stimulus money from Washington.
They're criticizing the economic stimulus plan as a pork-laden
boondoggle that will force the country deeper into debt.
South Carolina's Mark Sanford and Rick Perry of Texas are the
latest to refuse some of the stimulus money, connected to expanding
jobless benefits. And Sanford may refuse more of the money if he
can't use it to pay down state debt.
The two are joined by the governors of Mississippi and
Louisiana, who have similar reservations about the money from
Sanford's position has won him praise from many conservatives
and boosted his national profile, fueling speculation he will run
for president in 2012.
Sanford denies his actions concerning the stimulus have been