'Daybreak' Talks With McCrory, Perdue About Election Issues
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Eyewitness News "Daybreak" anchors Scott Wickersham and Natalie Pasquarella interviewed Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday via telephone.
The candidates are running for governor of North Carolina and are trying to make a last-minute push before Election Day Tuesday.
Wickersham and Pasquarella questioned the candidates over the challenges they’ve faced in this election, jobs and campaign ads.
Perdue said she thought the voters were her biggest challenge in the election thus far.
“There are very few undecideds left. The rest is all up to the voters,” she said. “They have to decide which candidate has what it takes to lead us in these very trying economic times.”
Perdue also said she thinks she knows whom the voters will choose.
“I believe at the end of the day this time Wednesday, I’ll be the next governor of North Carolina,” she said.
McCrory said the main differences between him and Perdue are in the things he plans to fix.
“I want to fix the broken state criminal justice system which (Perdue) has been a part of,” McCrory said. “I want to repair the ethics breakdown in the state government which she has been a part of. And I also want to fix the department of transportation and get the politics out of transportation and put the roads where the need is not just where the politicians live.”
Wickersham and Pasquarella questioned both candidates about jobs in the state and what they would do to create more.
“I’m going to grow green jobs all over North Carolina from the mountains to the coast,” Perdue said. “You invest in your people."
McCrory said he wants to get the state back in the quote “energy business.”
“Nuclear power, clean coal, wind and solar conversation,” he said. “I want to start offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina for both natural gas and oil, which I think will bring a lot of jobs to North Carolina.”
McCrory also accused Perdue of airing anti-Charlotte ads in other parts of the state even though she claimed during the interview that she would work to keep jobs in Charlotte.
“She is not playing ads in Charlotte that she is playing elsewhere, where she is saying Charlotte is going to take all the road money from the rest of the state,” McCrory said.
Both candidates will try to rally the faithful and persuade remaining undecided voters in the final full day of campaigning for North Carolina governor.
Perdue, the Democratic lieutenant governor, is scheduled to fly to five cities Monday, starting in Winston-Salem. McCrory, the Charlotte mayor and Republican nominee, also planned to visit five cities, from Raleigh to Fletcher. In Charlotte, McCrory will be at a Republican rally at Jay M. Robinson Middle School. Perdue is set to be at a cafeteria at the United House of Prayer for All People at noon.
The polls show the two major-party candidates in a close race. The winner will succeed outgoing Gov. Mike Easley.
Libertarian candidate Mike Munger will be working at Duke University. He just completed a three-day campaign trip from Murphy in the west to Manteo in the east.