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Virginia Governor and RGA Chairman Bob McDonnell Endorses Pay McCrory for North Carolina Governor

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Today, Virginia Governor and RGA Chairman Bob McDonnell endorsed Pat McCrory and his bid to be North Carolina's next Governor.

"I am proud to have Governor McDonnell's endorsement," said Pat McCrory. "There's no better model for economic success and leadership at the state level than our neighbors to the North in Virginia. Under the Governor's leadership, Virginia has added more than 110,000 net jobs and the unemployment rate has gone down more than 20 percent. That's the kind of leadership I think we desperately need in North Carolina."

"There is no gubernatorial race more important to the RGA this cycle than North Carolina," said Governor McDonnell. "I know that with Pat McCrory's leadership, North Carolina's economy can get back on track. As Mayor of Charlotte, Pat saw the city add tens of thousands of jobs and as Governor, I know he will bring that same results-oriented leadership to Raleigh."

The two leaders toured Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated's Snyder Production Center in Charlotte before speaking with the press.

When Governor Bob McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in January 2010, he inherited $6 billion in budget shortfalls. He brought Democrats and Republicans together to close the shortfall without a single tax increase, producing a $400 million surplus in the first fiscal year of his administration.

"Governor McDonnell has proven that government can work," added Pat McCrory. "Both parties can work together to achieve real reform, promote economic growth while still making investments in key priorities like education."

"The choice in this election is clear," said McDonnell. "North Carolina can elect someone who has been a part of North Carolina's broken government for 16 years, or they can elect Pat McCrory -- a leader who will bring an outsider's perspective to Raleigh and fix North Carolina's broken economy."


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