The Republican gubernatorial runoff on Tuesday has two candidates with distinctly different — if not polar opposite — policy views exposed since the field narrowed. Bill Waller’s platform is so similar to Democrat Hood's manifesto we should call it Wallerhood.

Former Chief Justice Waller is running on raising the gas tax, raiding the Rainy Day Fund and expanding Medicaid.

Waller’s teacher pay raise alone would cost $265 million a year. We can’t argue against the need, but raid the Rainy Day Fund and then what?

Speaking of education, Mississippi has spent $400 million more on education since Tate Reeves was elected Lieutenant Governor. And every teacher is making at least $8,000 more than they did in 2011.

But ole Tater is anti-education, right?

We’ve seen these same liberal tactics used on President Trump. Say anything and hope it sticks. Trump, who has endorsed Reeves, calls that “fake news.”

Reeves ran as a fiscal conservative 16 years ago and has governed as a fiscal conservative every, single day since. He’s cut taxes, prioritized spending and said “no” to special interests.

Reeves has a proven track record. Mississippi is moving forward with low unemployment and new job opportunities, record graduation and lower dropout rates.

Reeves pushed through a $1 billion local infrastructure bill last year that will repair roads and bridges without raising taxes.

Special interests groups like asphalt contractors want Reeves to raise the gas tax so MDOT commissioners have a bigger slush fund.

Waller’s tax hike he calls a “swap’ doesn’t add up. He’s proposed offsetting his tax hike by eliminating the $4,000 level income tax — using the new gas tax for roads but taking $180 million from the general fund.

Hospitals are in the predicament of needing money because of government intervention. Obamacare is a cause, not a treatment.

We’re leary of any plan to fix our hospitals that is “revenue neutral.” Let’s go back to the drawing board or at least debate hospital fixes soberly for more than three months and especially not in the middle of a gubernatorial election.

Any form of Medicaid expansion is dangerous and costly. Look at Louisiana and Indiana. The more government intervention, the more dependence and eventually perhaps an even bigger taxpayer bailout.

Let’s talk jobs. Tate Reeves has a substantive plan to transform Mississippi’s workforce through education. He’s calling for $100 million in targeted investments to improve Mississippi’s jobs training.

He’s calling for grants to help local communities earn “work ready” certifications, which will catapult them to the top of site selectors’ lists.

Reeves is calling for incentives that will train students to work — not just pursue the typical four-year degree. Think plumbers or electricians or welders.

There is also a proposal for a visionary $20 million grant program to assist with transportation and childcare to remove barriers to work for Mississippi families, as Derek Easley, president & CEO of BIPEC, has pointed out.

As Reeves has rejected special interests and said “no” to spending, the narratives have emerged blaming him for anything and everything, including animal cruelty.

Once again, we’ve seen these same liberal tactics used on President Trump. Say anything and hope it sticks.

Standing up to highway contractors, the education lobby and the hospital administrators requires fortitude like Trump has and that’s what we need in our next Governor, not a Democrat lapdog masquerading as a Republican who is planning to appease voters by handing out $100 bills on Capitol Street taken from the State Treasury.

The first time Waller ever voted for governor in a Republican primary was two weeks ago when he voted for himself.

Welcome to the GOP, Justice Waller, but your history of voting Democrat doesn’t qualify you to lead Republicans.

The Rainy Day Fund has been conservative orthodoxy since Kirk Fordice. It is smart fiscal conservatism — just like lower taxes and less spending.

A Republican raiding the Rainy Day Fund right out of the shoot is the opposite of what a Fordice, Barbour or Bryant would have done. It is inconsistent with conservative principles and pandering for votes among a huge voting block of educators.

Forbes observed last week that, thanks in large part to Tate Reeves’ leadership, the largest tax cut in state history was signed into law in 2016.

Waller just doesn’t add up to be the conservative he claims he is. He’s kind of like — minus the sex scandals — the Southern populist Democrat charmer Bill Clinton waving the state’s checkbook.

Tate Reeves is a fiscal conservative through and through and he has a good plan to move Mississippi forward without raising taxes.

Given such profound policy differences that would send our state down a Wallerhood rabbit hole, we urge a vote for Tate Reeves in the Republican gubernatorial runoff on Tuesday.