The Sun Herald, 8/4/8

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ronnie Musgrove says Republican Roger Wicker is making false attacks on him and his record.

Musgrove was governor from January 2000 to January 2004.

At a press luncheon Monday in Jackson, Musgrove said Wicker is wrong to claim there was a budget deficit when Musgrove left the governor’s office. Musgrove says he balanced the state budget every year as required by law, and he got legislators to enact the largest teacher pay raise in state history.

“I understand that during the political season all types of accusations and statistics are thrown around. But one thing always stays constant. That is the truth,” Musgrove said in the prepared text of a speech he delivered at a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government.