"The week should be about Senator Jesse Helms and his contributions to America, and North Carolina in particular. I believe that Senator Helms and President Reagan stand tall as the two greatest conservative leaders of the 20th Century. It was my honor to serve with him for six years."
"In the coming weeks, I will give serious consideration to a campaign for the Senate. If I run, I will bring to the race a conservative voting record, experience in business and government and the resources to run a top-notch campaign. More than anything, I believe this decision should be made by North Carolinians and not by Washington, D.C. politicians."