Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor, today cast herself as best candidate to lead the state through the bad economy.
“One governor can't fix the global economic situation, but one governor can lead North Carolina through these challenging, turbulent times,” she told more than 800 delegates at the N.C. League of Municipalities convention in Charlotte.
Quoting the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign, she said, “It's the economy stupid.”
Perdue spoke for about eight minutes on a whirlwind visit. She had just flown in from Raleigh and was scheduled to fly back shortly after her remarks.
Her opponent, Republican Mayor Pat McCrory of Charlotte, was scheduled to welcome delegates at a luncheon and speak later this afternoon as part of a candidates' forum at the convention. A Perdue aide said scheduling conflicts prevented her from attending the forum.
Perdue also promised to help Wachovia employees in their acquisition by San Franciso-based Wells Fargo.
“We are not going to do anything less than Wachovia tells us they need,” she told the Observer on her way out.