NEW BERN - North Carolina's newly-elected governor, Pat McCrory, visited the Tryon Palace Tuesday afternoon, as part of an introductory tour of the state. He sat down with NewsChannel 12's Wes Goforth to talk about his plans.
"That's [why] we're here- to recognize our history and also show all parts of the state that we care, and we want to help the economy in all parts of the state," Gov. McCrory said. "So what better place than come to New Bern and our first capitol."
When asked about creating new jobs in the state, as well as preserving current positions, Gov. McCrory laid out the first step to his plan.
"First of all, we have to recognize and admit that we have a problem in North Carolina," Gov. McCrory said. "We've been kind of living off of our past brands from the 80's and the 90's and the first decade of the 2000's, and frankly our competition- South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, they're beating us. So we got to recognize there is a problem, and we got to rebuild our brand and develop a new economic strategy for the state."
NewsChannel 12's Wes Goforth also asked Gov. McCrory about how he planned to deal with looming budget cuts at military bases.
"I'm already setting up a strategy. I've already had my meetings with the secretary of commerce, and I'm going to be working with some of the current members of the past administration who have been working with the military," Gov. McCrory said. "I anticipate going to Washington, probably in early February, to meet with Pentagon officials to make sure that our military bases are all protected."
"In addition, we have some issues with windmills that could close down Cherry Point," Gov. McCrory said. "There's no excuse that the North Carolina Utilities Commission, in December, approved those windmills."
Gov. McCrory took the oath of office Saturday in a private ceremony at the old capitol building in Raleigh. He became North Carolina's 74th governor, and is the state's first Republican governor in 20 years.