Perdue tries to clear air with Mississippi governor

The two leaders spoke by phone Monday to clear the air.

“I thought we had a really good conversation about public policy between North Carolina and Mississippi,” Perdue said.

Still, she said, her comments were only meant to express confusion about how a state that had stood up to improve race relations decades ago could approve the amendment.

“(It’s a fact) that Mississippi, for years, tended to be more conservative and North Carolina tended to be more progressive,” she said. “I did tell (Bryant) that, after everybody spent their money in North Carolina, we would encourage them to go on to Mississippi, because it is a great state with great people.”

Bryant said his conversation with Perdue was “disappointing” and that her characterization of Mississippi is inaccurate.