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NC Governor: Americans Don’t Blame Obama for Partisan Gridlock

ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says the American people don’t blame President Obama for last summer’s struggle to pass a deficit reduction package.

Speaking to Rick Klein, Amy Walter and Yahoo!’s Olivier Knox at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, the Democratic governor said it was the partisan politics of other elected officials across the country, unwilling to reach across the aisle, that prevented Obama from doing more during his first four years in office.

“You can’t get to the solutions that is [sic] demanded by America without having people who are willing to compromise,” Perdue said. “That’s what makes politics work. That is not the president’s fault.”

Perdue, who said in January she would not run for re-election as governor of the Tar Heel State, blamed Tea Party politicians for Congress’ struggle with the debt ceiling negotiations.

She had high hopes for North Carolina, saying Obama could carry the state.

“I believe this president will be able to take it to the people once he’s re-elected he can go out there state by state, and say, ‘Shame on you all for not working for the benefit of America,’” Perdue said. “And I believe Americans are looking for the kind of leaders who are hopeful.”

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