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Twelve years after leaving office, Hunt on campaign trail for Obama

Posted September 28, 2012

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— Gov. Jim Hunt finished his fourth term as North Carolina's chief executive more than a decade ago, but he still has enough pull among state residents to be called out on the campaign trail.

Hunt is visiting homes in middle-class neighborhoods across the state over the next month, starting with a stop in Raleigh on Friday, to drum up support for President Barack Obama in what national observers say is among a handful of battleground states.

"I think the campaign is nip and tuck in North Carolina, but would the Obama folks have ever thought two to three years ago they'd be even? I think they're even today," Hunt said.

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The group of voters Hunt met with – stay-at-home mothers, a small-business owner and a high-technology professional – already are in Obama's camp, but he hopes they will spread the word to undecided voters statewide that Obama has the best plan for the nation's future.

"I know things are tough out there – not everyone has gotten a job yet – but things are coming back," he said.

Hunt has seen the best and worst of voter attitudes in his political career and acknowledges some North Carolina residents simply don't like Obama because of his race. Still, he said, he senses a change in such attitudes.

"I think those feelings are softening," he said. "I've talked with a lot of people – white people and African-Americans – who say, 'This guy understands me, and the other fellow doesn't understand me.'"

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  • ims1924 Oct 1, 3:46 p.m.

    I didn't like Hunt then and I don't like him now.

  • dontstopnow Oct 1, 11:02 a.m.

    Hunt needs to crawl back in his little perfect life of luxury and stop talking. Nobody wants to elect anyone he endorses. He got away with all his 'money' taking from the taxpayers but he will not convince anyone to vote for his lacky this go round!

  • wildpig777 Oct 1, 11:01 a.m.

    I read that Walter Dalton attended a fundraiser this past weekend, given by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender organization-first time ever for the NC democratic party. Not surprising since they voted on adding God and Jerusalem to their platform and God almost lost.-- danny 22

    thats incredubile and whats even more incredubile is that WRAL allowed your post to go thru.

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 1, 10:53 a.m.

    when hunt receives his TAX PAYERS PENSION from NC residents, he is NOT in the trenches with the rest of us. Shame on him for saying things are better, he is either senile or nieve.

    $4.00 pg gas, 46% of Americans on some type of welfare, 16 trillion dollar national debt, US Military being murdered

    I do not understand people like him, is his blindness due to age, he is now part of the great divide in this country.
    United we stand - divided we fall

  • wildpig777 Oct 1, 10:52 a.m.

    thks for endorsing obama gov nor hunt-- you just cost him a pile o votes.... not that romney is any better -- he aint!

  • free2bme Oct 1, 10:48 a.m.

    Gov. Hunt was approved by many evidenced by his back to back terms as governor of NC. President Obama haters will be there regardless but they appear to not be in the majority demonstrated by many polls showing Pres. Obama the favored candidate in this election. It is time to stop the whining about President Obama because it will not change anything. It as well is ignorance to blame all of the economic problems of this country on President Obama when we know things were spiraling way before he came on the scene. President Obama has my vote this year since he is the better candidate and I know he needs more time to work on this catastrophe. If only big spending would have been an issue 4 years ago, maybe our country would not be in this mess. I do agree that some spending cuts need to happen and I also believe that the these tax loop holes for the rich have to expire. Increasing tax revenue is a must to fight the growing deficit.

  • outdoor592000 Oct 1, 10:45 a.m.

    He is a good one to represent Obama. I was a state Employee in 1983-1985, Hunt did not give state emloyees a raise for 3 yrs, but during the 'Election' year, he gave raises, very clear he was trying to save his re-election bid. This guy talks out of both sides of his mouth..............

  • Danny22 Oct 1, 10:35 a.m.

    I read that Walter Dalton attended a fundraiser this past weekend, given by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender organization-first time ever for the NC democratic party. Not surprising since they voted on adding God and Jerusalem to their platform and God almost lost.

  • connieleigh4 Oct 1, 9:51 a.m.

    Just another reason to NOT re-elect Obama! Glad Hunt is out of office and soon Obama will be too!

  • robbyh Oct 1, 9:24 a.m.

    Run him out of Wilson County.

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