Beverly Perdue says she'll focus on investing in education and protecting North Carolina's economic engine when she becomes governor in January.
Perdue spent the day after her narrow election victory Tuesday reading about her victory in newspapers, doing media interviews and planning for her transition to the Executive Mansion. The Democratic lieutenant governor said Wednesday she won't be stymied by a budget shortfall and a poor economy in getting her campaign platform passed.
That includes offering free community college tuition and expanding children's health care. She said the federal government may help in those efforts especially with the presidential election of Barack Obama. Perdue beat Republican Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, 50 percent of the vote to 47 percent.