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Candidates make their case in big GOP rally

SHARPSBURG — They called Pat McCrory a penny-pincher, and they meant it as a compliment.

Eastern North Carolina conservatives cheered the Republican gubernatorial candidate at a Friday night rally and called for deep cuts to government spending in Raleigh and Washington.

"He would shrink the size of government,” Rocky Mount resident Robert Bolton said. "He’s a businessman, and I don’t think we’ve had a businesswoman as our (current) governor. He did a good job for the city of Charlotte and got it back in good financial standing. He’s a qualified man.”

The former Charlotte mayor who narrowly lost to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue in 2008 leads Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of Rutherfordton in statewide polls.

"He’s going to have to watch his pennies because there just aren’t that many of them,” said Rusty Batts of Rocky Mount. "He’s going to have to do a lot with a little, I’m afraid.”



Raucous cheers and chants of "Pat! Pat! Pat!” greeted McCrory, who spoke briefly about returning Raleigh to conservative leadership.

"We’re going to change the culture of North Carolina government and make it good government as we used to know it,” he said.

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Nov. 6 — Election Day
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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McCrory quoted The Who’s rock anthem "Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which opens with the line "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss.”

"I’m not running for boss of North Carolina. I’m running for governor of North Carolina,” he said. "You all will be my boss, not the other way around.”

Voters, McCrory said, are "tired of the arrogance of power. They’re tired of people speaking down to them.”

Republican candidates for statewide office praised McCrory’s leadership.

"We’ve got to put a conservative team around him,” said John Tedesco, who is running for superintendent of public instruction. "He’s going to be a great quarterback to lead us forward.”

State Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican, urged the more than 600 people in attendance to vote on Nov. 6. He said President Barack Obama carried North Carolina by a scant 14,000 votes in 2008.

"In Wilson and Nash and Edgecombe counties, we lost the election for John McCain,” Newton said. "In 2008, there were thousands of registered Republicans in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties who did not vote, and there were thousands more unaffiliated voters with conservative values who did not vote.”

U.S. House candidate George Holding asked attendees to convince their friends and neighbors to vote for conservative candidates.

"It’s great to be with a group of fired-up Republicans,” Holding said. "Go out and find five people and get them fired up, and let’s get this thing done!”

Voters throughout the Tar Heel state long for a return to conservative values and want leaders who will rein in spending, Bailey resident Carrie Morris said.

"I think definitely the voters will sway more toward politicians who would be for budgeting rather than spending,” she said.



Joan Hight said many North Carolinians who voted Perdue into the governor’s mansion and Obama into the White House in 2008 have grown disillusioned with Democratic leaders.

"I’m 61 years old, and I can remember when things were much better than they are today,” Hight said. "The question is: Am I any better today than I was four years ago? Absolutely not.”

Hight, who lives in the Franklin County town of Centerville, said she’s seen once-bustling factories close as companies sent manufacturing jobs overseas.

"We remember when this state was very self-sufficient and productive,” she said. "We’re becoming non-productive. We need to produce what we buy instead of importing everything we use.”

Hight said McCrory’s experience as mayor of the state’s largest city will help him streamline government in North Carolina if he’s elected.

"He is a person with common sense,” she said. "He practices what he preaches. He’s got a pretty good record in Mecklenburg County.”

The Nash County Republican Party organized Friday’s Conservative Candidates Rally held at a farm and conference center east of Sharpsburg.

"I’m just thrilled that everyone’s here together and everyone’s united,” said Betty Jo Shepheard of Tarboro. "It looks like everyone is focused on one thing, and that’s getting Republicans elected.”

Shepheard arrived at the rally in a sweater featuring a GOP elephant pattern and necklace with a large elephant-head charm. She toted a red, white and blue pompom to wave as she cheered the candidates.

"We really want to see Pat McCrory elected governor,” she said. "I certainly think that he will make a big difference in Raleigh. If we’ve got a Republican governor and both houses in Raleigh, there will be no gridlock. It will be good conservative leadership.” | 265-7821
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if this lady is worried about jobs going overseas... said...

a GOP rally is the last place she should be.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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