CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When Governor Roy Cooper came to Charlotte Tuesday, his focus was on finish line grants designed to assist financially-challenged students at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).
However, as the governor took questions from reporters, nobody held back when it came to the Queen City and the Republican National Convention.
"I think it will be good for economic development in the City of Charlotte, and for the state of North Carolina," Cooper said.
Governor Cooper's words pertaining to the RNC were measured.
Despite strong and well-publicized differences in opinion expressed one day before, Cooper talked about what so many were concerned about leading up to Monday's decision by city council to move forward rather than weigh in on the divisiveness.
"I know there are strong feelings on all sides of this," Cooper said. "Certainly security and safety should be a top priority."
Cooper was on-hand for the 2012 DNC and is among the hopeful that Charlotte can apply past lessons to avoid potential problems in 2020.
"Charlotte is an amazing, dynamic community that's shown its ability to work for the good of the entire community and our state," the governor said, "and I have every confidence that it can do that."