Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory said he's the Republican who's best able to take back the governor's mansion after a 16-year run of victories by Democrats.
McCrory participated in his first debate Thursday night with
the other three GOP hopefuls -- Salisbury attorney Bill Graham,
former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and state Senator Fred Smith.
McCrory entered the race Tuesday.
McCrory said that as a seven-term mayor, he has worked across
party aisles to bring political consensus and get things done in
North Carolina's largest city. He said his mayoral re-election is
proof that he can attract unaffiliated and Democratic voters.
Smith said that McCrory only has government experience, and not
the business leadership and legislative experience required to make
wholesale changes in Raleigh. Smith also accused McCrory of lacking
knowledge about how the state education system works.