Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue issued a statement Tuesday saying she would appear with President Barack Obama when he travels to Fort Bragg tomorrow to give a speech about the end of the Iraq war.
The statement ends speculation about her plans after Dome posted an item Monday showing that the president's visit was not a part of her schedule. Her office also didn't return calls about her plans. Republicans pounced on the idea and fueled the question of whether she was trying to distance herself from Obama.
Here is Perdue's statement: "North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation. When America needs to send our best and bravest, the president calls Fort Bragg – and our troops always answer. All our bases and families across the state have certainly carried a heavy workload for the war in Iraq, but it’s not just about supporting our men and women in uniform abroad. We need to look after the health, welfare and economic security of our soldiers and families when they return as well.
"I look forward to joining president Obama tomorrow to honor our troops and thank them for their service to our country and our state."