GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Lt. Governor Phil Bryant's announcement Monday morning surprised no one.
"I am announcing officially that I am a republican candidate for the governorship of the state of Mississippi," Bryant told the crowd gathered at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
Bryant said job creation would be his first priority, if elected to the state's highest office.
"We must create a state that has the most job friendly environment in America," Bryant said. "Now government cannot create jobs, but we can create an environment where jobs are allowed to grow."
On education, Bryant wants more job training to help grow those jobs.
"That's why I believe that we must begin to teach skills in high school so that young children that come out of high school may want to go to work at this great port that we are building."
National issues are also part of his platform.
"Fighting illegal immigration, I know, is never easy. I know there are those who say that's a national issue and the states ought to stay out of it. But I believe there is something called the 10th amendment and it provides rights to our states."
Bryant also reinforced protecting another right many Mississippians hold dear.
"That we have a populace that has the right to protect themselves, to keep and bear their arms."
The biggest reaction from the crowd came after the lieutenant governor said two simple words.
"Stop Obamacare," Bryant said as the crowd broke into applause.
Bryant has put those words into action by filing suit to stop President Obama's healthcare legislation.
"I can tell you that overbearing, unconstitutional law will add 300,000 Mississippians to our Medicaid rolls."
If that happens, Bryant said one million Mississippians will be on Medicaid and that's a bill the state can't afford.
Voting in the party primaries will be on June 1st. The general election will take place on November 8th.
Phil Bryant has served as Mississippi's Lt. Governor since November 2007. Previously, he served as State Auditor, beginning in 1996 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy in that office. He also served as a member of the State House of Representatives.
Bryant has a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master's Degree in political science from Mississippi College.
A native of Moorhead, Mississippi, Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children.