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Dole hits Perdue on BRAC

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole took a veiled swipe at Beverly Perdue.

At the Craven County Republican Party's Reagan Day Dinner, the Salisbury Republican seemed to say that Democratic gubernatorial candidate should not take credit for the state's success during a round of military base closings in 2005, the New Bern Sun-Journal reports:

Dole said, "This is a military friendly state, there is no doubt about it. But, after hearing an ad, I'm here to set the record straight."

She took credit for work with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission which added 9,000 military jobs to Ft. Bragg. It was done with meetings with its chairman, the defense secretary, the governor, and congressional committees to underscore the mission and N.C. advantages.

At a recent President's Day Dinner in Wake County, Dole mentioned her role in the BRAC process, but did not say anything about Perdue, who was assigned by Gov. Mike Easley to lead the state's response.

Perdue has run TV ads highlighting her role in BRAC. 

Perdue phones home

Beverly Perdue called her "hometown paper" Wednesday.

After the news broke that the lieutenant governor would kick off her campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination on Oct. 1, Perdue rang up the New Bern Sun Journal.

She wanted to call "my hometown paper to tell my friends at home how excited I am."

In the brief interview, Perdue said she would focus on improving public schools, community colleges and universities and improve health care.

"A big personal goal is that, at the end of the day, I leave North Carolina better than I found it," she said.

As with other candidates, Perdue left her heart in New Bern.

A native of Virginia, she moved to the coastal city in 1975 and raised her family there. After serving in the legislature for Craven County districts, she was elected lieutenant governor in 2000.

Since 2000, Perdue has mostly lived in a house in Chapel Hill, but she maintains a home in New Bern and is still registered to vote there.

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