McCrory says he will back Trump for president

Posted June 7, 2016

Donald Trump and Chris Christie held a discussion in front of a packed house at  Lenoir-Rhyne University Monday.

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday morning he would back fellow Republican Donald Trump's campaign for president.

"Yes," he said curtly when asked if he would back the presumptive presidential nominee.

Asked why, McCrory said, "I stated I would support the Republican nominee." He then asked reporters, "Anything else?"

While Trump is the Republican standard bearer, his pugnacious, off-the-cuff style and routine invocation of racial and ethnic differences have drawn criticism, even from those in his own party.

"I think there's some genuine, widespread concern amongst Republicans that, regardless of how well Trump does himself, he's going to have some negative effects down the ballot, particularly in a state like North Carolina," said Andrew Taylor, a professor of political science at North Carolina State University.

McCrory, Taylor said, likely has some substantive differences with Trump. For example, the governor has emphatically backed House Bill 2, the measure dealing with transgender bathroom use and other LGBT issues. But Trump has criticized the bill, saying lawmakers created more trouble than it's worth with the measure.

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will back Clinton.

"Yes Attorney General Cooper will support Secretary Clinton for president," Jamal Little, a spokesman for Cooper's campaign, said in an email. "He believes a Trump-McCrory ticket is bad for both our state and our country. We need thoughtful leaders who will work to move our state and country forward, not pull us apart with dangerous rhetoric and an extreme political agenda."

Taylor says Cooper may be no more eager to embrace Clinton than McCrory was to endorse Trump.

"She could be a problem for him," Taylor said of Clinton and Cooper. "Both Clinton and Trump have very high negatives. What I think you'll see is both gubernatorial candidates distance themselves from their own party's nominees but try to tie the other guy to theirs."


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  • Lizabeth Roupe Jun 8, 2016
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    Perhaps that will work as well as it did for Renee Elmers

  • Stacie Hagwood Jun 7, 2016
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    No big surprise there. The blind leading/following the blind.

  • Alex Wilson Jun 7, 2016
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    A Racist & Bigot supporting another Racist & Bigot.

  • Lex Alexander Jun 7, 2016
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    As Facebook commenter Mike Conway noted today, this is like two albatrosses being hung around each other's necks.

  • Sam Nada Jun 7, 2016
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    Great. More fuel to the fire of sweeping all Republicans out of any position of authority.

  • Pete Muller Jun 7, 2016
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    Mr. Spunker. I have the inkling that Pat McCrory is not a Clinton supporter, which will make standing behind our next president very hard for him as a retired governor.

  • Jimmy Spunker Jun 7, 2016
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    I commend the governor for standing behind the next POTUS as he should.

  • Carol Smith Jun 7, 2016
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    this confirms mcc's neverending lack of judgment and inabili to man-up. if he is not voted out, nc will continue the downhill slide.

  • Charles Edwards Jun 7, 2016
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    Well, the Gov. has now undeniably confirmed his complete lack of judgment.