NC governor: Washington lacks 'executive leadership'

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said on Saturday in the weekly Republican address that a lack of "executive leadership" in Washington meant that federal lawmakers should grant states "independence and flexibility" to spur economic growth.

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"When I look to Washington, I see entrenched gridlock and an immediate need for executive leadership," McCrory said. "Fortunately, Washington bears no resemblance to states where strong Republican governors are using their leadership skills to improve the daily lives of their citizens."

President Obama earlier this week defended his leadership abilities when asked at a press conference if he still had enough "juice" to accomplish his second-term goals.

"As Mark Twain said, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point… I’m actually confident that there are a range of things that we’re going to be able to get done," Obama said.

But McCrory argues that the economy would be better served if the federal government gave more flexibility in areas like offshore drilling and Medicaid waivers.

The governor said that his state wants to implement a holistic approach to Medicaid benefits and develop new energy sources.

"I urge the president to join us in North Carolina where we’re working to make government a partner—not an adversary to progress," McCrory said. “Working together, we can get this nation back on the right track by simply unleashing the unlimited potential of the American people. This formula has worked before and I guarantee it, it will work again."

McCrory also argues that the government needs to do a better job improving efficiency and fostering growth — without spending tax dollars. Furthermore, McCrory said, government needs to become more accessible to business owners and ordinary citizens.

“Today’s smartphones are much more efficient and cost effective than earlier models of mobile phones,” he said. “There is no reason why government can’t be as customer friendly and cost effective as a smartphone. Ultimately, interacting with government should be as easy as checking the latest scores on the internet or even shopping online.”