In his first statewide TV ad, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory blames North Carolinas economic woes on politics and touts his record as mayor of Charlotte.
Heres a thought, lets forget about politics for a while, and think about us, he says in the 60-second ad. Thats what we tried when I was mayor. People of all parties built our city into an economic powerhouse.
McCrorys ad, which starts Tuesday, is expected to run for a week. Earlier ads played in some media markets, though not in Charlotte.
McCrory makes no mention of his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.
The ad features McCrory walking through an empty factory floor, hands in pockets, talking directly to viewers.
He blames the sagging economy on politics: Concern about who gets the credit for good things or the blame for bad things. He doesnt mention specific issues, other than to say the state should unleash untapped energy resources.