Standing in front of the Capitol, Gov. Pat McCrory said North Carolina faces challenges after “some wounds that had been camouflaged were uncovered and exposed” amid the economic recession.
“Today we are setting a new strategy and vision ... to unleash the strength of our industries and the entrepreneurial talent and energy of our citizens,” he said in his inaugural address Saturday. “We will lead the way once again right here in North Carolina.”
McCrory spoke from a podium that faced south down Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, a symbolism the former Charlotte mayor used as a theme in his address. “As I look out toward Main Street with government at our back, I see unlimited opportunity,” he said. “Government should not and cannot be a barricade or an obstacle to progress. Our face and our approach should be outward like we are today, not inward.”
The 74th governor – and first Republican in 20 years to hold the state’s highest office – confronted the reality of his economic times, with the state’s 9.1 percent unemployment still above the national average, a point he made twice in the 22-minute speech. “We also know there is pain right now in those communities. Too many people are out of work,” he said. “Our state’s unemployment is sadly the fifth highest in the country, and many of our leaders in Washington struggle to find solutions working together. But ladies and gentleman, there is another way.” Read more here.