JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- As one of the poorest states in the nation, Mississippi is an easy target for politicians elsewhere.
The latest is Matt Entenza, a Democrat who wants to be governor of Minnesota. He started running a TV ad this week bemoaning reductions in his state's spending, saying that if budget cuts were always the answer, then Mississippi would be a leader in this country.
It's a line Entenza also weaves into speeches as he runs for an office that Republican Tim Pawlenty will leave early next year because of term limits.
Dan Turner, spokesman for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, says people should spend time in the state before disparaging it.
Dozens of states have made budget cuts during the recession.
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