McIntyre no longer distancing himself from President Obama

Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM EST
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Congressman McIntyre flew into RDU on Air Force One with President Obama Wednesday. (Pool Video...
Congressman McIntyre flew into RDU on Air Force One with President Obama Wednesday. (Pool Video Source: WNCN)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Retiring U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC 7) has spent the last several years avoiding a connection to President Barack Obama.

McIntyre has voted to repeal the President's signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, numerous times and even refused to support him for re-election in 2012. Opponents worked to tie the Democrat McIntyre closely with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama.

Wednesday, less than a week after announcing he would not seek another term serving North Carolina's 7th Congressional District, Representative McIntyre accompanied the President on Air Force One for a speech in Raleigh. McIntyre was seen shaking hands with the President and walking off the plane at RDU Airport in Raleigh.

The Congressman's office said McIntyre was invited to fly with the President for the announcement of a manufacturing innovation institute in North Carolina.

McIntyre released the following statement via email.

"Jobs and the economy have always been an overriding concern for our state and our country. I am excited that North Carolina will once again be at the forefront with this initiative to produce and sustain jobs well into the future."

The White House released the following statement after McIntyre's retirement announcement last week.

"In his seventeen years representing the people of North Carolina in the U.S. Congress, Mike McIntyre has been a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform and a key voice on issues that shape the lives of Americans in rural communities.  He's also been an active participant in the annual National Prayer Breakfast – a reflection of his deep faith.  Michelle and I thank Congressman McIntyre for his service, and we wish him, his wife Dee and their two sons the very best in the future."

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