McCrory, Dalton ask small-business owners for support

Posted June 12, 2012

— The major party candidates for North Carolina governor got a chance Tuesday to persuade small-business owners that they're best qualified to become the state's next chief executive.

Republican Pat McCrory and Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton spoke at a forum in downtown Raleigh hosted by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. Small businesses account for 90 percent of jobs nationwide, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, making the group a powerful political ally.

"It's not going to be growing government that gets us out of this recession. It's going to be growing the private sector," McCrory said. "It's not new government programs that are going to get us out of this recession. It's asking you what you need."

Both candidates called for common sense business regulation in North Carolina, but Dalton accented the positive while McCrory painted a more grim picture of the state's economy.

"Forbes magazine has North Carolina as No. 1 in business regulation in the nation," Dalton said.

"Until we rebuild the private sector, our state's going to continue to have the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the nation, and that's totally unacceptable," McCrory said.

The former Charlotte mayor criticized the state's rising unemployment compensation debt and President Barack Obama's health care reform as major burdens for business.

NFIB, National Federaiont of Independent Business Candidates make pitch to be CEO of NC

Dalton pointed the finger of blame at the Republican-led legislature, saying they should have balanced spending cuts with a modest sales tax increase.

"They said they were going to cut fraud and waste. Instead, they cut education, economic development and health care. They cut too deeply," he said.

The 8,000-member NFIB is the state's largest small-business association, and both Dalton and McCrory have connections to the organization.

The federation endorsed McCrory for governor in 2008 when the former Charlotte mayor lost narrowly to Democrat Beverly Perdue. Dalton participated in many federation-sponsored small business round-table meetings early in his term as lieutenant governor.

"You are the backbone of North Carolina's economy. You always have been, even more so today," Dalton told the group.


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  • cwood3 Jun 13, 2012

    Republicans-you had best keep your noses clean. If you do-and you are fair and open with the people, you'll be there for a while. The current DemocRAT Party has gone off the deep end to the left!!

    However, if you act smug, cover up stuff, and hide from the electorate, you will set NC back severely. Sell your programs to the people. Tell the people that whats, whys, and wherefores. Do not rely on the media to get your message out to the people. The left will simply call names and make you look bad while having no real agenda!

    If you're not open and above board, we will end up back to the tax and spend of the DemocRAT Party for the next 100 years. Is that what you want??

  • pappybigtuna1 Jun 13, 2012

    The democrates today of NC are not the same as the democrates of old. The old dems wanted people to be working, many things have changed over the years.

    One big dem movement was the NAFTA Bill signed into Law by B. Clinton. Soon followed by the mass exit of textile jobs, followed by electronics jobs


  • citizensoldier16 Jun 13, 2012

    A small business supporting Dalton would be like a chicken supporting KFC.

  • bombayrunner Jun 12, 2012

    McCrory 2012 .. same here

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jun 12, 2012

    McCrory 2012

  • Bill of Rights Jun 12, 2012

    I predict the republicans will win the governor's mansion by a comfortable margin this year. I also predict, in a year or two, that we'll start hearing about republican malfeasance, and eventually we'll learn that politicians from both parties can be corrupt and act in their own self-interest. The more things change the more they will stay the same ...

  • disgusted2010 Jun 12, 2012

    "It's amusing to watch negative adds about McCroy using private corporate jets when Perdue and Easley did the same thing."

    McCrory does not have Larry Leake to cover it up like Bev did.

  • timtooltime777 Jun 12, 2012

    I am not voting this year! There is no one out there that wants to work for the people and not special intrest ! Besides, your vote does not count !!

  • timtooltime777 Jun 12, 2012

    What makes either one of them qulified to work for us and not them ??

  • 00100111 Jun 12, 2012

    Geez, Dalton even looks like Perdue. I guess pets really do start to look like their owners. Or is it the other way around?