McIntyre pays visit to UNCP
By Scott Bigelow
Mike McIntyre (right) with WNCP-TV host Mike DeCinti
U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre told WNCP-TV his first priority is
the economic development of his district, but issues in Iraq also concern
Rep. McIntyre voiced
concern over the Bush administration's plan to turn over authority to
a provisional government in Iraq on June 30. He made the comments during
a taping of a 30-minute program at The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke on April 26.
The interview took
place just minutes after the filing period opened for candidates, and.
Rep. McIntyre assured WNCP-TV host Mike DeCinti that he would be in
the race for a 5th term.
"I will officially
file tomorrow at the State Board of Elections in Raleigh," said
the Congressman from Lumberton.
who supported the war, said he and fellow members of the House Armed
Services Committee are concerned that the transition of power is moving
too swiftly in Iraq.
is more important than the June 30th date," he said. "Police
training is inadequate to maintain order and stability in the country."
ready," Rep. McIntyre said. "We've invested too much time
and energy in Iraq to fail now."
of Bagdad" is gone, Rep. McIntyre said, but Iraq should not become
a breeding ground for terrorists again.
Rep. McIntyre promised
there would be an interesting summer of politics as the presidential
election nears, but he declined to involve himself in the race for the
"I will have
no involvement in other people's campaigns," he said. "Number
one on my agenda is representing the people of my district."
one issue is jobs," Rep. McIntyre said. "These are tough times
for textiles and tobacco."
congressman pitched several parts of his 20-point plan for the revitalization
of the region's beleaguered economy.
A buyout of federal
tobacco allotments is high on Rep. McIntyre's list, but he said it would
be a tough battle because "anything with tobacco attached is a
is also high on his list because it is a matter of "dignity and
fairness," and it would uplift the economy of the entire region.
strongly that the Lumbee should be recognized on their merits,"
he said. "Sen. Dole, to her credit, recognized there was a problem
and pitched in."
The casino gambling
issue is a "smokescreen to deny the validity and legitimacy of
the real recognition issue," Rep. McIntyre said.
said he would seek to unite depressed areas in seven states and create
a regional economic commission similar to the Appalachian commission.
One piece of good
news, Rep. McIntyre said, is funding for improvements to U.S. 74 in
Robeson County. He said a recent $5 million authorization would pay
for construction to begin within six months.
Rep. McIntyre received
a luncheon briefing on progress at UNCP from Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.
"A lot of
the success at UNC Pembroke is due to the great leadership of Chancellor
Meadors," Rep. McIntyre said. "I am proud of him, and I am
proud of UNCP."
is setting the pace for UNC universities," he said. "It is
thrilling to see the explosion of growth on campus. The number of students
coming to the University is phenomenal."
"When I arrived
in Washington, the first earmarked bill I sent through was $950,000
for the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development,"
Rep. McIntyre said.
to University Newswire