Speaking in Asheville, June 15, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory told the Council of Independent Business Owners that he wants to cut regulations and taxes to help spur economic development in North Carolina.
The former mayor of Charlotte, McCrory is facing Democrat – and current Lieutenant Governor – Walter Dalton, in the fall election. Although he didn't mention Dalton by name during his luncheon address at Magnolias Raw Bar & Grill, he predicted that the race is "going to be a battle between now and November." He also said that in the wake of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recent victory in a Wisconsin, he expects the North Carolina match up to "be the number one governors race in the country."
"I hope to bring Scott Walker down to help me; he's a great, great guy," he added.
McCrory focused much of his remarks on economic issues, noting that he thinks cutting business regulations and taxes will do more to attract companies to the state than cash incentives. He also said energy reform – including allowing more oil and natural gas excavation – passing and implementing a 25 year transportation infrastructure plan, and education reform should be top priorities. He put emphasis on the importance of the community college system in preparing students for productive careers.
In response to a question by Asheville city council member Marc Hunt, McCory said he wants to help decentralize power from Raleigh and spread it to municipalities and counties, particularly in regard to education spending. He also noted that he strongly favors stricter voter id laws in the state.
Watch the video to see McCrory discuss some of what his top goals would be as governor: