Cooper Continues To Speak Out On Voter ID, Governor Responds

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper isn't ready to say he is definitely running for governor, but tells WITN it is something he's considering.

Cooper gave a speech Monday to the Rocky Mount Rotary Club in his native Nash County.

Afterwards we asked him about a potential run for governor. He said, "It's over three-years away. I've got a lot of work to do as Attorney General. But certainly I'll be looking at the very best way that I can help move North Carolina forward and change the direction this state is moving and that's one of the things I'll be considering."

It's that opinion on North Carolina's direction that's put him at odds with Governor Pat McCrory and the Republican led legislature.

Cooper says, "I've worked with the legislature on many issues, however we have strong disagreement on investment in public education, disagreement on how we ought to approach attracting jobs in North Carolina."

And disagreement on our state's voter I.D. law -- which is in the cross hairs of four lawsuits -- that Cooper says goes far beyond simply just requiring an I.D.

Cooper says, "Not being able to cast a provisional ballot if you happen to go to the wrong precinct, same day registration, all of these things have been changed and It's a significant change in NC's election law that was done very hurriedly. Now it's important for me not to comment on the legality or the constitutionality of these because my office will be defending these in court, however I can talk about the public policy and will continue to do so."

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Monday, McCrory said, "The Attorney General can have his personal opinion, but as a lawyer, you should not publicize your personal opinion if you're going to be defending people promoting this common sense law. Good lawyers don't do that."