All day Sunday, Pat McCrory basked in the praise of a presidential candidate and his running mate, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan repeatedly endorsed him and implored the crowd to support the N.C. Republican as they campaigned throughout the state.
But at the end of the day, McCrory tried all he could to avoid any association with Ryan's controversial federal budget proposal, which would severely cut discretionary funding that trickles down to the states.
Asked what he thinks of Ryan's proposals, McCrory dodged: "I'm going to support the Romney plan," he said.
Are you worried about cuts to funding for states? Another tangential answer: "We've got to solve the deficit."
McCrory did all this while hustling to his waiting car and didn't stop to answer questions. He ignored other questions asking him to elaborate.
A day earlier, in an interview with The Charlotte Observer, he also refused to take a stand saying, "I’m not going to get into those specifics. I’m running for governor, not Congress.”
But as political observers note, Ryan is every Republican's running mate now, so the questions are likely to persist.