McCrory outlines vision in inaugural address

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Gov. Pat McCrory kisses first lady Ann McCrory Saturday, January 12, 2013, following the inaugural ceremony outside the State Capitol. Travis Long Photo

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McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor, took the oath as the state’s 74th governor Jan. 5, making Saturday’s event largely ceremonial.

He spent three days before the inaugural festivities traveling to cities across North Carolina as part victory lap and part listening tour, and he attended the traditional ball Friday night.

His inaugural remarks acknowledged the long list of challenges ahead, particularly when it comes to the economy. But he made it clear that he believes government spending isn’t the answer. “I need to let the citizens of North Carolina know one thing: that is, government cannot solve all these problems alone because frankly there is no new money falling out of the sky,” he said, transitioning to the biggest applause line of the day: “We should not ask for more money from you because the result is more pain to families and small businesses on Main Street.”

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