Burr, Ross agree to October Senate debate

Posted September 16
Updated September 17

Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will face Democratic former state lawmaker Deborah Ross in the November 2016 election.

— Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and his Democratic opponent, Deborah Ross, have agreed to take part in an Oct. 13 debate.

The hour-long debate, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, will be aired live on WRAL-TV and, as well as on dozens of other media outlets across the state. The moderator for the debate, which will be held at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, hasn't been named yet.

"The Broadcasters of North Carolina have a long history of providing live, over-the air coverage of political debates," NCAB President Joe Pomilla said in a statement. "We are thrilled host this debate and to provide a platform for the candidates to discuss the compelling issues confronting North Carolina for the benefit of the people of North Carolina."

Burr is seeking his third six-year term in the Senate. Ross is a former state House member from Wake County.


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  • Ray Ubinger Sep 18, 12:57 a.m.
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    "We are thrilled [to] provide a platform for [our favorite two of] the [three] candidates[,]" says the partisan NCBA.

    The complicitous WRAL also refrains from mentioning anywhere in the article that a third candidate is on the ballot.

  • Buster Brown Sep 17, 8:57 p.m.
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    Why should he disavow Trump? Because you don't like Trump??? Ross publically stated that she believed Clinton to trustworthy and believeable. Come on, please give me a break..

  • Paul Maxwell Sep 17, 8:19 p.m.
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    And Burr destroyed his by (among other things) refusing to disavow Donald Trump.

  • Buster Brown Sep 17, 12:33 p.m.
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    Ross opines that Hillary is believable. That statement by itself destroys any credibility Ross may have had.