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Dalton attacks McCrory's tax plan, transparency

Posted October 16, 2012

— Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton remained in attack mode against Republican Pat McCrory on Tuesday as the two gubernatorial candidates debated taxes, state budgets, education and other issues.

The debate – the second of three televised debates this month – occurred two days before early voting begins across North Carolina.

Dalton has been on the offensive since the two men first squared off on Oct. 3 in an effort to erase the sizable lead McCrory has shown in most polls.

A recent WRAL News poll, for example, showed McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, leading Dalton by a 51 to 39 percent margin. Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe had 3 percent support, and 7 percent of voters remain undecided.

Making "ka-ching" sounds like a cash register, Dalton hammered McCrory, as his campaign has done for weeks, about his lack of transparency regarding his work for a Charlotte law firm that represents large corporations.

"Why isn't he letting people see his tax returns?" Dalton asked, noting most major politicians have opened up their returns for public inspection. "What makes him so special?"

He also questioned why McCrory hasn't provided details of his budget plans, charging that the former Charlotte mayor will have to have to raise the sales tax to offset his proposal to slash personal income and corporate taxes.

"He has an $11 billion hole in his plan," Dalton said, adding that a nonpartisan analysis of McCrory's proposals show that 80 percent of North Carolina families would see a higher tax burden.

McCrory said reforming North Carolina's tax structure will make the state more attractive to business, and job creation and economic growth will generate enough revenue for the state to meet its expenses. He also noted that  Dalton backed extending a temporary sales tax last spring during the Democratic primary and budget talks.

He said Dalton's attacks are typical of a campaign that has focused on negative campaigning. He cited one ad that shows his face in a sudsy washing machine and said it was almost enough to make him not vote for himself.

"With the money that I control – the Pat McCrory campaign – you will not see one negative ad," he said. "I don't think we need to (have negative campaigns) to win elections in North Carolina.

Dalton said McCrory was "disingenuous" by disavowing negative campaigning, saying that McCrory has tried to tie Dalton to a "culture of corruption" in Raleigh during campaign speeches. He also said his campaign ads are factual.

"Ads we have, we have the facts there," he said. "If any of them are perceived as negative, it may be the record we have shown is negative."

During the debate, McCrory painted Dalton as a failed leader who supports the status quo in state government, which he said won't move North Carolina forward.

"(I have) the private sector experience that we desperately need in the executive office," he said. "We've always had people coming from government working in the Governor's Office for the last 10 to 15 years. That hasn't worked too well. We need someone who understands business, who understands jobs and also has leadership experience in the public sector."

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  • sunshine1040 Oct 17, 2012

    Why should we he see his tax return it is not our business hat the private secor pay a person but it is our business when I am the one paying you. You do not want me to know how much you earn then do not pretend to work for me but as long as I am the one paying you it is my business

  • jason19 Oct 17, 2012

    "That is the problem with most people, they think government should do everything for them."--Damien Thorne

    They're not doing anything "for me." They are doing a job that needs to be done, just like anybody else who works. It sounds like you have some kind of hang up about the fact that they are so-called "government workers" rather than "private sector workers."

  • Damien Thorne Oct 17, 2012

    "I cannot agree. If it's something that needs to be done, I think government workers should be doing it."----jason19

    That is the problem with most people, they think government should do everything for them.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 17, 2012

    "McCrory was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years and he couldn't even win Mecklenburg County in 2008. He lost in Charlotte by about a 10% margin. I think they know a lot of things about him that he doesn't want the rest of us to know, which is probably why he's being so elusive about answering questions."----Kaitlyn

    14 years. Reelected 6 times. Yes, there is obviously something there.

    I think people are smart enough to have figure out something bad in a first term, much less 6 new ones.

    I wonder what they saw for all those years that you discredit?

  • miketroll3572 Oct 17, 2012

    Never trust a man whose eyes you can't see.

    You mean like obama's? He can't even look the camera in the eye.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 17, 2012

    Dolton stop whinning and run on YOUR record rather than that of deamonizing someone. You sound like obama. If McCrory has done something illegal don't you think the authoriti would have cought him by now?!!!!!

    Well said, its time for a change in NC. Liberals been running this state for way too long.

  • citizensoldier16 Oct 17, 2012

    Dalton is all bark and no bite. Translated: whines like a kid and had no substantive plan other than to continue the Perdue doctrine. McCrory 2012!

  • Kaitlyn Oct 17, 2012

    McCrory was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years and he couldn't even win Mecklenburg County in 2008. He lost in Charlotte by about a 10% margin. I think they know a lot of things about him that he doesn't want the rest of us to know, which is probably why he's being so elusive about answering questions.

    He strikes me as just another slick politician with ties to special interests that do not have the best interests of NC at heart.

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 17, 2012

    NO WAY I'll vote for socialism.

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 17, 2012

    Dolton stop whinning and run on YOUR record rather than that of deamonizing someone. You sound like obama. If McCrory has done something illegal don't you think the authoriti would have cought him by now?!!!!!

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