Self-styled “independent Republican” gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin has a new television advertisement up – one that lays out the basics of his economic program.

The ad – entitled “Common Sense” – features the former lawmaker and judge from Greenville, S.C. touting policies he believes will turn the state’s struggling economy around.

“Raise your hand if you think our economy is where it should be,” Ervin says in the thirty-second spot. “Now, raise it if you think it’s getting better?  I don’t see a lot of hands.”

How could he?  South Carolina’s labor participation rate is at its lowest level ever – and income levels in the Palmetto State are falling further behind the rest of the country.

Ervin’s solutions?  He’d start with eliminating the individual income tax – an idea that’s near and dear to our hearts.  He also wants to raise the minimum wage (an idea we oppose) and provide tax credits for small businesses (an idea we’re lukewarm on).

Additionally, Ervin says he would “stand tall for our port of Charleston,” an obvious shot at incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley’s controversial accommodation of Georgia’s port expansion plans.

Here’s the spot …

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Ervin, Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Libertarian Steve French are all vying for the governor’s mansion in 2014.