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McCrory, Dalton target eastern N.C.
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McCrory, Dalton target eastern N.C.




The last two days of early voting has attracted both candidates for governor of North Carolina to the east.

On Friday, former Charlotte Mayor and Republican candidate Pat McCrory made campaign stops in Wilson, Greenville and Goldsboro.

Today, Democrat Walter Dalton will also make stops in Wilson, Greenville and Goldsboro.

Dalton is expected to come to the Whirligig Festival.

 

MCCRORY’S PLAN

McCrory took time Friday afternoon to shake hands with some friends and then sit down to have lunch at Parker’s Barbecue with Gary Proffitt, the Wilson County Republican Party chairman. After he greeted everyone at the restaurant, he sat down to a plate of fried chicken, cole slaw, french fries and iced tea.

McCrory said he came to Wilson not to just reach out to Republicans but Democrats as well. He said there are a lot of Democrats who are listening to his message and agreeing with his message.

McCrory said the economy needs recovery in Wilson.

"We need a governor who concentrates on rebuilding the private sector, not only in Wilson, but especially other mid-sized cities throughout North Carolina,” McCrory said. "I mean people are hurting right now. We don’t have a long-term economic development strategy — and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

McCrory said he looks to move students away from school books and get them iPads.

"That would save the schools and the students money and you’ll be able to reach out and get the best education possible through an iPad,” McCrory said. "Not school books. School books are 20th century educational tools.”

McCrory said his goal is for students to be connected with the best educators, no matter where they live — in North Carolina and the world.

"We’ve got to think out of the box and not teach the kids the way we did 20, 40 years ago, but how we’re going to teach kids for the next century,” McCrory said.

McCrory said as he travels around eastern North Carolina, he has heard business people say they have jobs, but can’t find qualified employees.

"To me that’s a terrible disconnect between education and commerce,” McCrory said. "I need to bring those two areas together.”

McCrory said he is looking at reforming the tax system that’s over 60 years old.

"It’s a very confusing tax system — at times it discourages growth,” McCrory said. "So we’re going to reform the tax system and at least make it competitive with South Carolina and Virginia.”

McCrory said North Carolina encourages businesses to leave while South Carolina and Virginia encourages companies to come.

McCrory said it is totally false that he supports big corporations in North Carolina paying zero corporate taxes and implementing a service tax.

"My biggest concern right now is at least having our income tax and our business tax competitive with Virginia and South Carolina,” said McCrory. "We’re going to reward productivity as opposed to punishing it.”

McCrory said although polls say he is leading in the race, he is not taking that for granted. He said he will be campaigning until the end.

 

WALTER DALTON

The Dalton camp also said that he believes talking one on one with voters is important to his campaign, even to the end of the election.

Schorr Johnson, communications director for Dalton for Governor, said Dalton has come to eastern North Carolina a few times during the campaign.

"He has been zig-zagging the state and he continues to come to eastern N.C.,” Johnson said. "Mr. Dalton knows how politically important Wilson is. It’s swing area.”

Johnson said Dalton has an economic plan that will encourage growth in North Carolina.

"Mr. Dalton has a detailed plan to create jobs right now and for the future,” Johnson said. "It is important to create jobs right now.”

Johnson said McCrory’s plan is for fracking and other measures that won’t help unemployed people right now.

Dalton plans tax cuts and incentives for businesses that hire unemployed workers, Johnson said.

Johnson said Dalton comes from a rural community and has lots of experience in economic development.

Dalton isn’t in favor of the service tax North Carolinians have been hearing about, Johnson said.

"He (Dalton) is opposed to new service taxes and Pat McCrory is the only candidate who will consider it,” Johnson said. ”He (McCrory) has said he wants to redistribute the state’s taxes so that corporate tax can be eliminated.”

Johnson said Dalton has the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Hunt and shared a written statement from Hunt.

"Walter Dalton is one of the most knowledgeable people about education and how to grow the economy in North Carolina that I’ve ever met, and I know he would be a terrific governor for this state,” Hunt said in a written statement.

Johnson said McCrory supported large cuts to education.

"Walter opposed that,” Johnson said.

Johnson said Dalton’s camp doesn’t agree that McCrory has a 15-point lead in the polls.

"Polling also tell us that among early voters Dalton is leading by 8 points and over half of the state’s voters have voted,” Johnson said. "They are going with Walter over Pat.”

 

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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“Polling also tell us that among early voters Dalton is leading by 8 points and over half of the state’s voters have voted,” Johnson said. “They are going with Walter over Pat.” said...

wishful thinking. do you have a crystal ball that tells you how every early voter voted? just because more demcorats than republicans have voted early sure doesnt mean Oblamer and dalton are leading in votes. alot of conservative white democrats are voting for McCrory and Romney. amazing how you demcoratic idiots automatically assume every democratic voter is pulling a straight democratic ballot for a bunch of democratic crooks. aint happening Pal. i assure you. Dalton and Oblamer are toast in NC.

Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 5:26 PM
FYI said...

"McCrory said he looks to move students away from school books and get them iPads.
'That would save the schools and the students money and you’ll be able to reach out and get the best education possible through an iPad,' McCrory said. 'Not school books. School books are 20th century educational tools.'"
As many others have pointed out (some here recently with Wilson County's local investment), Ipads and similar technologies come with their own concerns when it comes to student performance. This recent NYT article might be of interest to those interested in supplanting those '20th century educational tools' with current technology: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/education/technology-is-changing-how-students-learn-teachers-say.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Yes, by all means, said...

Let's give Ipads to every student and be competitive with Virginia and South Carolina! Forward thinking indeed!

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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