WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Pat McCrory lost the governor's race to Bev Perdue in 2008, but the political tide has turned. Republicans are riding high in North Carolina.
McCrory talked exclusively with WWAY on Tuesday, but has yet to confirm whether he'll run for governor one more time. He's been watching Perdue closely as she tries to run state government.
"She promised everybody everything; whatever they wanted to hear to get their votes, and sooner or later that catches up to you, and I think that's catching up to her right now," McCrory said.
A passionate but undecided McCrory admits running for governor in 2012 is a decision he won't take lightly. He says it's a choice that requires a lot of dedication, and that's something some may say Perdue lacks.
WWAY caught up with Perdue last month. When asked why she didn't come to Wilmington more often Perdue replied, "I'd love to. Get me a reason."
It's an answer that fails to satisfy McCrory. He may be on the fence on whether he'll again run for governor, but he vows to give it his all if he runs again.
"You have to be willing to go anywhere at anytime and not just because you're asked, but you actually go there without being asked and not for any political reason," he said. "The more you get out and listen and learn, I think the better leader you will be."
The state is currently drowning in red ink with a deficit in the billions. McCrory insists a good governor needs to make sure we don't spend more money than we have and admits it's a tough job. McCrory's confident he'll serve North Carolina well if he makes it to the Governor's Mansion.
"I would do what the private sector has to do right now, and I've been in the private sector for a long time also, and that is to make the tough decisions and realize that if you try to appease everyone you appease no one," he said.
McCrory said if he runs as governor he will return to Wilmington.