Easley endorses Perdue

May 7, 2008 10:43:26 AM PDT
Gov. Mike Easley says Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue will be a great governor because she understands the importance of education to North Carolina's economy.

Easley endorsed Perdue during a news conference Wednesday at the state Democratic Party headquarters. Perdue defeated State Treasurer Richard Moore in the Democratic primary Tuesday night.

Easley said Perdue isn't a newcomer to getting things done in state government. Easley referenced Perdue's time as a state legislator, her efforts to increase salaries for teachers and her support of the state's Smart Start pre-kindergarten program.

Perdue said her campaign would be defined by "kitchen table issues" and that she's the best candidate for the middle class in North Carolina.

Perdue will face Republican nominee Pat McCrory in the November general election.