Burr welcomes DNC’s money, glad when convention’s gone


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Richard Burr was in town to check on the progress of the VA clinic being built at Wilmington International Airport and to tour the GE Nuclear plant. We caught up with him to talk politics.

With a lot of speculation about who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, we asked the senator if he could be the Republican vice presidential nominee.

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“Oh, I think that’s very doubtful,” Burr said. “I think the Romney campaign is probably focused like a laser right now on that announcement. I’m sure they’ve made their pick.”

When we asked if the Romney camp had vetted him, Burr said not that he knows of, and he did not expect to be. Burr says he will serve best from his senate seat.

We also asked Burr about the Democratic National Convention setting up in his home state.

“I think it’ll be the biggest mistake they ever made,” he said. “I’m happy to have the Democratic National Committee fuel the economic growth in North Carolina, but the reality is, the state is not going to go for President Obama. It’s going to go for Gov. Romney. And at the end of the day, we’ll be courteous, we’ll take their money and we’ll be glad the day they leave.”

Burr is confident not only in North Carolina’s decision but also in the country’s.

“Do they like where we are today, because that’s what President Obama says he stands for, or do they have a vision of the future that looks different, with tax reform, with job growth, a strong economy and a strong national defense? That’s where Gov. Romney is speaking from,” Burr said.

Burr also said the DNC will realize its requirements on Charlotte to provide union labor are inconsistent with the way things run in right-to-work North Carolina.