A conservative group with strong North Carolina ties plans to press the 2012 presidential candidates to commit to budget-slashing policies when they campaign in the early primary states.
Americans for a Balanced Budget, a grass-roots conservative group, plans to pressure the White House hopefuls to back positions that will lead to a balanced budget.
“The most important issue facing the United States is dealing with our crippling federal deficit and massive national debt,” said Dee Stewart, a Raleigh political consultant, who is the group's president.
The group claims 5,000 members since it was organized in 2009. Stewart announced an national advisory board that includes several Tar Heels including state Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington; Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, a former gubernatorial candidate; and state Rep. David Lewis of Dunn, a member of the Republican National Committee.
Other national committee members include Sara Taylor Fagen, former White House political director for President George W. Bush, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Jayne Millerick, former GOP Chairman in New Hampshire; Leon Mosley, former co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party and other.