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Beverly Perdue gubernatorial campaign

What the ad says

Audio: Perdue: “I'm Bev Perdue. I'm running for governor, and I sponsored this ad.”

Announcer: “This must be how Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory sees North Carolina. McCrory says we should take money away from rural highways.

He said, quote, “The rural people have been kicking our rear end.” He even questioned whether we should pave roads in rural North Carolina.

“McCrory said that Charlotte's getting, quote, ‘Ripped off.'

“Don't let Pat McCrory divide North Carolina. He's not for all of us.”

Images: The ad, running in Eastern North Carolina markets and the Greensboro area, displays McCrory and a pop-up style illustration of Charlotte's place on the map – and then its skyline covering a disproportionate swath of the state. Portions of quotes cited in the ad are shown in a comics-style speech bubble coming from a somewhat disheveled McCrory.

What the record shows

The ad relies on McCrory comments from newspaper stories, editorials and his cable TV talk show dating to 1998 in which he questioned how state government parcels out road money.

McCrory has repeatedly criticized the funding formula that determines how state road dollars will be spent. He has complained that the formula does not adequately account for population in deciding which areas should get more money. McCrory has said that metropolitan areas should get more money, which would mean rural areas would get less.

The claim that McCrory questioned whether rural roads should be paved is a stretch. In 2000, at a meeting of N.C. mayors, McCrory said that the state's policy of building paved roads to every community encourages sprawl, according to an Associated Press account.

McCrory's statement about Charlotte getting “ripped off” also refers to criticism of state funding formulas.

Is the ad accurate?

Not entirely. The ad makes a leap in claiming that McCrory questions whether rural roads should be paved. It's true that he has lobbied for more road funding for metropolitan areas, particularly Charlotte.

Benjamin Niolet, (Raleigh) News & Observer