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McCrory to Obama: thanks for dinner, no thanks on drilling

Gov. Pat McCrory used his few minutes of air time this morning on Fox & Friends to criticize President Barack Obama for not giving him and the governors of South Carolina and Virginia the go-ahead for off-shore drilling.

McCrory was in D.C. over the weekend to attend meetings of the National Governor's Association, which included an Oscar night dinner at the White House and a meeting Monday with the president.

"I asked the president whether he'd help Gov. McDonnell, Gov. Nikki Haley and myself in North Carolina to begin off-short exploration for oil and gas and I got a political speech and no commitment whatsoever," McCrory said.
McCrory, Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and Haley of South Carolina are members of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, a coalition of coastal governors who support off-short energy production.

McCrory also said the governors were told what the pending sequestration cuts would mean for their states. He said he would be in a three-hour budget meeting today to analyze the cuts to see how accurate they are and incorporate into the budget he's working on.

"The president and first lady were so gracious to us on Oscar night with a black tie dinner and a wonderful meal and a military band and then the very next day in the west wing we were given information about the devasting cuts of sequestration," McCrory said.

McCrory will have a busy day. In addition to his morning chat and three-hour budget meeting, the governor is scheduled to be at the Hunt Library at NC State at noon for a symposium on "The Role of Public University Innovation in Economic Growth" and at 6 p.m. he'll be at an NC Farm Bureau leadership conference.

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