While Gov. Pat McCrory isn’t attending this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, he made a brief appearance on video Monday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
McCrory was one of the GOP governors featured in a 10-minute Republican Governors Association video shown at the convention.
“The best governors, the best leaders are those who get out of the government bubble and see what’s happening on the ground,” McCrory says on the video.
He says that good governors solicit input from people like farmers and entrepreneurs and “learn firsthand the pressures that they’re under.”
“We’ve got to make sure that as governor and as leaders that we don’t get in the way,” McCrory adds.
He concludes his 35-second segment by signing a poster that says “American Comeback” – a phrase very similar to McCrory’s “Carolina Comeback” campaign slogan.
McCrory’s campaign spokesman has said he’ll be staying in North Carolina this week instead of attending the convention in person. He also skipped the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
But McCrory did visit Cleveland on Friday for a fundraiser and spoke to the Council for National Policy, a private organization that promotes limited government, traditional values and a strong military.
Here’s the full Republican Governors Association video. McCrory’s segment begins at 2:46: