This is Alabama. We Speak English…

An ad by an Alabama Republican running for Governor has sparked some controversy…

Alabama Candidate Vows to Conduct Driver’s Test Only in English

As if tension over immigration weren’t high enough, Alabama (Republican) gubernatorial candidate Tim James just dialed up the volume on the debate with a new ad declaring that, if elected, he will allow the state’s driver’s license test to be conducted only in English.

As if tension over immigration weren’t high enough, Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James just dialed up the volume on the debate with a new ad declaring that, if elected, he will allow the state’s driver’s license test to be conducted only in English.

The brief ad shows James, son of former Alabama Gov. Fob James, taking issue with the many languages offered to administer the test.

“Why do our politicians make us give driver’s license exams in 12 languages? This is Alabama. We speak English,” James says. “If you want to live here, learn it. We’re only giving that test in English if I’m governor. Maybe it’s the businessman in me, but we’ll save money and it makes sense.”

James pauses, looks down contemplatively, and then gazes up again to ask: “Does it to you?”

One question… Does that mean and Alabama Drawl English…

Or the variants of English as spoken above the Mason Dixon Line?

Y’all…

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