Governor-elect Pat McCrory appeared on Fox and Friends on Monday morning to etch out his plan for spurring an economic recovery, and to continue selling his landslide Election Day victory as the result of a focus on issues and positive messaging.
"We're going to get North Carolina into the energy business like other states have done in the past five to six years," McCrory said.
McCrory said he plans to do so by working with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to build a "Southeast coalition to bring new revenue to our states and also to help make our country more energy independent."
The cohort of Republican governors will also work together to figure out how to implement Obamacare, McCrory said.
Asked by host Steve Doocy how he pulled off a convincing victory, McCrory cited defining himself through positive ads and sticking with a focus on issues.
"I did not run one negative TV or radio ad in my entire election," he said. "Hopefully it sends a signal to the rest of the nation that you can run on a positive vision for the future."
While McCrory stuck by his pledge to run a positive campaign on radio and TV, his campaign did circulate negative mailers against Dalton and failed to denounce false negative ads against his opponent.
Steve Doocey: How did you win?
Pat McCrory: What we did is we didn’t let the Democrats define me through negative ads. Instead, we defined ourselves through positive ads. I did not run one negative TV or radio ad in my entire election, and for the tenth largest state in United States not to have a negative ad, and that person who didn’t run a negative ad actually win, hopefully it sends a signal to the rest of the nation that you can run on a positive vision for the future and a strategy for the future. Democrats, Independents and Republicans responded to it, and we’re very pleased.
SD: How are you going to create jobs?
PM: We’re going to get North Carolina into the energy business like other states have done in the past five to six years. I hope to work with (South Carolina Gov.) Nikki Haley and (Virginia Gov.) Bob McDonnell, and also convince the president to start doing offshore gas and oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast. And we can form kind of a Southeast coalition to bring new revenue to our states and also to help make our country more energy independent. We’re also going to look at regulations wich are hurting our industries in North Carolina, and our tax code is no longer competitive as it used to be with our neighboring states. So one minute I’ll be working with Nikki and Bob, and the next minute we’re going to be competing against each other. We’re also going to work together on Obamacare. I think you’re going to see the governors of these states really have a big impact on how Obamacare will be implemented. We’re all working together on how exactly, what our response will be, with these incredible new regulations that are coming down to the state level.
SD: Even with the loss at the presidential level, why did Republicans fare better at the state level?
PM: First of all, I think we’ve got a good precedent with other governors throughout the nation, who understand the real leadership is at the state level, and we can no longer wait for the federal government to move to create jobs. The real action, I think, in the future is going to happen in state government, and also in cities and towns throughout the United States. Those governments that are closest to the people are probably going to have more impact on the economy in not only North Carolina but the rest of the nation. We’re going to quit waiting for Washington, and at times we’re going to work with Washington, and at times we’re going to try to revise what’s actually happening in Washington which is having a negative impact on many states.