State of North Carolina Archives: on Government Reform

Pat McCrory: Appoint people who understand the private sector

Source: N.C. Governor 2012 campaign website, Nov 6, 2012

Richard Burr: Government should regulate. with no bigger role

The forum showed voters distinct messages among the candidates at a time when Americans are grappling with questions about the role of government and regulation following an economic collapse.

Marshall pointed to stronger regulation, saying the mentality on Capitol Hill has been that Wall Street will heal itself and that market forces will take care of things. She said that regulators need more funding. "We've seen what happens when capitalism takes over," said Marshall.

Burr said government shouldn't be playing a bigger role with a stronger hand but should focus on regulating the products that were overlooked--such as the complex derivatives blamed in the nation's economic collapse--and to make sure the existing regulators are doing their jobs. "I fear that we're headed down a path that will be too overburdensome, too duplicative, it will raise the cost of credit, will choke the credit for small business and for individual loans," Burr said.

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

Kay Hagan: Washington experience means putting special interests first

Hagan sought to tie Dole to public discontent with Washington, especially regarding the economy and the war in Iraq. Dole responded by connecting Hagan, a state senator, with rising state budgets & taxes and a lack of action on immigration in Raleigh.

Hagan said Dole had voted with President Bush 92% of the time. “People talk a lot about experience, a lot about major-league clout,” Hagan said. “But consider this: When it comes to Sen. Dole and her 40 years’ experience in Washington, experience just means a way of doing business--a way of doing business that puts special interests and their lobbyists before working families.“

Dole mainly talked about her broad experience in Washington, her efforts to save North Carolina military bases from closing and her role in the federal tobacco buyout program. Dole said she wanted to run a positive campaign and called on Hagan to oppose any TV ad campaigns by third parties--a challenge to which Hagan did not respond.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Raleigh News & Observer Jun 22, 2008

Elizabeth Dole: Contributing to campaigns is free speech