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McCrory likes Puerto Rico, whatever you call it

Updated: Gov. Pat McCrory enthusiastically greeted Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier García Padilla on Sunday morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington by remarking what a great country Puerto Rico is -- then quickly recovered and said he knew it wasn't a country, according to a photographer standing nearby

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, but is not a country or a state.

Press aide Ricky Diaz, who was also there, said it was a brief "lighthearted and private exchange between the two governors," and that McCrory knows Puerto Rico isn't a country.

Governors elsewhere drop in polls

Gov. Beverly Perdue is not alone in her problems in the polls.

Governors are getting pounded across the country, blamed for the bad economy and angering the public with their budget decisions, reports Rob Christensen.

Only two of 10 New Yorkers think Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, is doing a good job, according to, a nonpartisan online newsletter on state governments.

Fifty-six percent of New Jersey voters think Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine should not be re-elected.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is viewed negatively by most California voters and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, both Democrats, are seeing their numbers drop.

Some governors, such as Republcian M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut, have stayed popular with voters despite budget cuts. Rell strongly opposed tax increases.

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