In a new ad released Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, calls barring transgender bathroom use “common sense.”

“You know, when we were raising average teacher pay, creating new jobs and cutting taxes, other folks were actually pushing to make our schools allow boys to use the girls locker rooms and showers,” McCrory said in the 30-second spot. “Are we really talking about this?”

McCrory is the first governor to sign a bill that prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in government buildings, including schools. House Bill 2, approved during a one-day special session in March, also blocks cities and municipalities from enacting measures that prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community.

The law was a GOP response to passage of an LGBT protections bill in Charlotte.

Despite a vocal backlash against the law, including loss of the NBA's All-Star Game, McCrory has defended it as necessary to protect women and children.

“Does the desire to be politically correct outweigh our children's privacy and safety? Not on my watch,” he said in the ad, titled Common Sense. “Our kids and teachers are my priority. This is North Carolina, let's do what's right.”

McCrory's support for the law has helped Attorney General Roy Cooper gain ground in his bid to unseat the incumbent, who is currently trailing by 9 percentage points according to a Monmouth University poll. Pollsters also found a majority (55%) of North Carolinians oppose House Bill 2.