The Democrats on Friday took the unusual step of going after the Romney-Ryan surrogates in the state – saying they are part of the problem.
In a teleconference, Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee and a Raleigh native, and state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh said such Romney surrogates as Republican Sen. Richard Burr, GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis were pushing the same wrong-headed policies as the national ticket.
“It should come as no surprise that Romney and Ryan's North Carolina team embodies many of the same philosophies and ideals as the candidates themselves,” said Woodhouse.
“From slashing education to outsourcing to raising taxes on the middle class,” Woodhouse said, “these folks have demonstrated time and again that they put the needs of millionaries, billionaries and corporations before middle class families.''
Ross said that Tillis is out of touch with North Carolina voters.
“Since the Republicans took control of the state House two years ago,” Ross said, “they've focused on helping their friends in big business rather than focusing on getting people back to work.''
UPDATE: Robert Reid, Romney campaign: “President Obama’s failed policies have caused over 53,000 North Carolinians to lose their jobs and over 440,000 continue to seek work today. There is no doubt that the people of North Carolina are not better off today than they were four years ago which is why we've seen such strong support for Governor Romney. North Carolinians deserve better than more broken promises and are a looking for new leadership. The Romney-Ryan plan for a stronger middle class will spur economic growth, bring back jobs, and turn our economy around.”