UPDATED: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton gave a really brief greeting to Democratic National Committee delegates Thursday afternoon. It lasted a little more than a minute.
Democratic Reps. G.K. Butterfield, David Price, and Mel Watt give abbreviated addresses, too. Dalton faces GOP nominee Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, in the race for governor.
Dalton's campaign suggested he prepared a much longer speech. "He was honored to have this opportunity," spokesman Ford Porter said. "Speaking lengths were always a work in progress and final allotments were determined today."
See what Dalton said below. It won't take long to read.
"Welcome to North Carolina—a state that went blue in 2008, and a state that will go blue again in 2012! This election is a choice between two directions: forward and back. That's the choice before this country and this state, where I'm proud to be our party's nominee for governor.
"My father, who served in our state's Senate, taught me that the right policies can lift lives. He died when I was eight. He believed, as I believe, that we must fight for the middle class. That education creates opportunity. Those are my values. And you know they're President Obama's values, too.
"So if you share these values, go to daltonfornc.com. Get involved. Vote for Walter Dalton and our president. And together we will move this country forward."