McCrory and Cooper campaign in Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper both campaigned in Charlotte on Tuesday, touching on the main issues of the campaign, House Bill Two and the state crime lab.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper both campaigned in Charlotte on Tuesday, touching on the main issues of the campaign, House Bill Two and the state crime lab.

McCrory spoke at the Charlotte Rotary luncheon where he expressed frustration with Charlotte's political leaders for refusing to consider repealing the original city non-discrimination ordinance.

It is that ordinance that led to the legislature's passage of HB2 that limits protections for members of the LGBT community.

The Governor said it should not be left up to the courts to decide the merits of HB2.

"It's not going to be decided by the ACC or the NCAA or the NBA, or Bruce Springsteen," he said,referring to athletic events and entertainers who have canceled events and appearances because of HB2.

Across town in SouthPark, Democrat Roy Cooper told the audience the state needed to act now and repeal HB2.

"We know that it causes significant economic damage. It's likely not going to stop until we do something about it," Cooper said.

Back at the Rotary luncheon, Governor McCrory blamed Roy Cooper for failing to properly oversee the State Crime Lab.

"We've got victims of crime that are having to wait a year to two years for basic analysis, including rape kits," said McCrory.

When asked about ads McCrory has been running criticizing Cooper's handling of the Crime lab, Cooper said the ads are "dishonest."

"What we are doing is working hard and have been able to expand the number of scientists and have eliminated that backlog."

After he finished his speech, Cooper stayed and spent several minutes taking questions from reporters.

As he did last week and at an earlier appearance Tuesday morning in Charlotte, McCrory left without taking any questions from reporters.

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