Judge Dietz called himself a strong Second Amendment supporter, and a strong supporter of the Free Market.
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis
Tillis jokingly thanked the Democrats for spending so much money in NC, boosting our state’s economy, in their failed attempt to defend Senator Kay Hagan‘s seat. Tillis has been a US Senator now for five months.
The Senator recounted North Carolina’s many accomplishments since the GOP took control of both the State Legislature and Governorship. He noted that NC courageously the only state to not extend long-term unemployment benefits.
He vowed to do all he could to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons, including using the military.
Tillis is the first US Senator from NC to serve on the Agricultural Committee since Jesse Helms. Tillis is also on the Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Each committee is important to the economy of North Carolina, and we have many veterans residing here.
He then, recognized the veterans in the audience, most especially the Vietnam veterans. He stated that never again should our returning veterans be treated as those were when they returned from that war.
He vowed to fight against overreach by President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
He joked that any of the GOP presidential candidates on their worst day was still better than Hilary Clinton on her best day.
Tillis wants the US to remain the world’s military super power, but he also wants us to become an energy super power.
Governor Pat McCrory
The Party presented a film to delegates highlighting Governor Pat McCrory‘s election as Governor and his accomplishments since then, before he took to the stage.
McCrory said he was “humbled, privileged, and honored” serve as NC’s 74th Governor. McCrory recounted what a sorry state NC was in when he took office. After over 100 years of Democrat rule, he said the state was broke and had overspent.
The Wall Street Journal credited McCrory for using a strategy of reducing taxes and stopping payments to people for not working with creating a state budget surplus and reducing unemployment.
McCrory was glad to have the $400 million revenue surplus while still raising teacher pay.
McCrory recognized the good work of our two US senators, Richard Burr, who stands for re-election in 2016, and Tillis. He wants to work with them to secure our southern border and stem the flow of illegal immigration. He also wants to work with them on energy exploration.
McCrory supports voter ID.
McCrory accused the liberal Democrat protestors pestering the NC Legislature every week with wanting to take the state back to the bad old days of high taxes, high unemployment, and a corrupt Democrat Party machine dominating state and county governments.
After the speeches by Senator Tillis and Governor McCrory, the nominations began for the next Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.