Three Questions Pat McCrory DID NOT Answer

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Three Questions Pat McCrory DID NOT Answer

McCrory Dodges Questions During the 1st Gubernatorial Debate

Raleigh, NC - At last night's gubernatorial debate, Republican candidate Pat McCrory ducked, dodged, and did his deal-level best to avoid answering any of the questions he was asked—a tactic that he has been using for the entirety of his 4 year gubernatorial quest.  

McCrory refused to answer even the simplest of questions about his qualifications, his policy proposals or his ethical conflicts. Conversely, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton was frank and upfront, talked in detail about his proposals and answered the questions asked by the moderators. With less than 33 days to go until the election, when is Pat McCrory going to start answering even the simplest of questions?

Here are three of the many examples where Pat McCrory did not answer the question he was asked - see if you can find an answer in here…

***Please note that the text below is verbatim from a closed cation transcript of the debate – these are their words, not ours.***



Dave Wagner- WCNC: The question is, can each of you tell me the approximate tax rate you paid last year? Mr. Dalton.

Walter Dalton: I'm going to estimate 25%, give or take. I will say this -- you've got my tax returns. I mean, the people have my tax returns. And, you know, I think this is like an application for a job. I filled out my application and he hasn't. so you haven't seen his tax returns.

Shannon Vickery – UNC-TV: Mr. McCrory. 

Pat McCrory: I paid what was required by the IRS and the IRS has never questioned my tax returns during the 36 years that I've been gainfully employed in North Carolina, and I'm proud of that private sector experience that I have, and, um, you know, I'm not going to have the IRS start checking personal tax records of city council members and mayors or governors. They need to stay out of our business and so do politicians. 




Dave Jordan – WITN: I was wondering, in relation to that question, do either one of you have a timetable in terms of when you think these jobs will be created; either a short-term timetable, or a long-term timetable, and if you have any idea over the course of your governorship how many jobs you think you can create?

Walter Dalton: Which one goes first?

Dave Jordan:  You. 

Walter Dalton: If you look at the hiring of the long-term unemployed, I think it can be very quickly. Also, the trial work period I think will be very, very successful.  Other states have done it, they've put people back to work.  The other jobs were longer, but the invest in our talent, entrepreneurship, creativity, is what will drive that future economy. My plan addresses that.

Shannon Vickery – UNC-TV:  Mr. McCrory.

Pat McCrory: Well, let me first correct the assumption of the question: a governor does not create jobs.  A politician does not create jobs.  What we do is help create an environment in which the government does not deter jobs from growing in North Carolina, and that's exactly what the government has done during the past 10 years of leadership during the executive -- in the executive branch. we've deterred the creation of new jobs in North Carolina.




Dave Wagner – WCNC : Yeah,Ii want to talk about education funding here. It's been hotly debated between the governor and the general assembly over the past couple of years here. Would you cut funding to education? That's one question. And as governor, what criteria would you use to make sure that schools are adequately funded? We'll start with Mr. Dalton on this.

Walter Dalton: Well, if you look at the education plan that I came out with today, it replenishes a lot of that money. I have said i will not cut education. It has been cut too, too deeply. He says it's not a matter of new money.  You're not going to improve education by being near the bottom of the list on per pupil spending for our students. it is far too valuable. you know, during the Great Depression, O.  Max Gardner was governor of North Carolina. I represented that area.  We were in the Great Depression. One state in the United States says “we're not going to close our schools.”  It was North Carolina, because O.Max Gardner believed that education is power, knowledge is power. That's what we have to do. That's why we have to invest in education. We need to prioritize our money. we need to use that money for technology and customization and treat our teachers as professionals and pay them a professional wage,  Give them the professional development they need to learn best practices so they can take it back into the classroom and educate our children so we can compete not only against every child in the United States, but across the world. I want to make North Carolina a leader in the nation and in this global economy, and you don't do that by cutting education. Educate our children. We will compete.

Shannon Vickery – UNC-TV: Mr. McCrory.

Pat McCrory: Well, first of all, during the first two years of the Perdue-Dalton administration, he supported cutting education. It was a major part of the budget. He also cut education when he was budget chairman in the senate. So the rhetoric does not match the real facts. What we need to do -- in fact, in the last two years, right now, under the Perdue and Mr. Dalton administration, the whole debate was about the budgets and not results, and that's what we need to start talking about. The difference between his budget and the legislature's budget was less than 1%. That's it. No one is talking about results of what we want the kids to achieve. I want the kids to learn and then get the skills needed to get a job as opposed to moving in with their parents. That's what our education is for, is to get critical thinking, to teach them a skill, and that will help the state get out of the recession. But if we accept just pouring more money into a broken system, then we'll have the same failure rate that we've had for the last 10 years under the Easley, Perdue, and possibly Dalton administration. It's time to reform our education system with new thinking, with technology, with streamlining three areas of education: from K-12, to community colleges and universities. Get them to work as a team, not as separate entities.