God and Country Banquet draws legislators, state officials

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM.

“I think that if we give the things that we’ve done a few months, six months, whatever it’s going to take, that I think all of that is going to play out and they’re going to see that we’ve made the right decisions for our state,” he said. “Nobody likes a frontrunner, and I think that we are a frontrunner in some of the things that we’re trying to do.”

Sanderson said the demonstrations don’t bother him.

“We’re all North Carolina citizens and they have their right to come,” he said. “I’m disappointed because I think that you can protest and make your feelings known without having to be arrested. I think that’s going a little bit too far, but other than that, they have just as much right as if this group went to Raleigh tomorrow and marched on the mall. That group that’s been there the whole session has just as much right as these folks do.”

House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said prior to the event that predictions of the demonstrators of bad outcomes haven’t come true.

“We’ve balanced our budget. We’ve been able to reduce taxes,” he said. “It’s a natural part of the process. It’s just a group of people who are really just yearning for the days of old when they were in control and taking the state in the wrong direction, and we’re not going to allow them to do that.”

Tillis dismisses criticism of the state.

“I think it’s part of the liberal narrative,” he said. “The decisions that we’ve made in North Carolina are very similar to other southeastern states and laws that they have had on the books for years, and the Southeast continues to be one of the most attractive places for job growth and population growth.

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