Dalton, McCrory clash in final debate

Posted October 24, 2012
Updated October 25, 2012

— Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, a Democrat, and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican, met for their final debate Wednesday night, sparring on a wide range of issues including taxes, education and ethics.

This was the third of three televised debates this fall. WRAL News hosted the event in cooperation with Wesleyan College and the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce. Gubernatorial debate Watch segments of gubernatorial debates

And while the two men have worked hard to draw differences between one another, they found some common ground too during the final meeting before Election Day.

Asked what kind of expansion to abortion restrictions he might sign into law, McCrory simply answered "none."

That's a position that his Democratic rival said he shared. 

Both men shared a moment of mutual respect, saying that they admired each other's public service. 

Despite the moments of agreement, they separated themselves on a number of issues.

For example, McCrory pushed his idea of creating a separate high school track for children who don't want to go to college.

Dalton disagreed, saying the emphasis should be placed on high schools that allow students to get some exposure to community college classes.

"His (McCrory's) tracking system defines a 15-year-old before that 15-year-old has defined himself," Dalton said. 

The two men also traded barbs over ethics and job performance.

McCrory pointed out that Dalton did not attend more than half the meetings as a member of the state community college board. He has that post by virtue of being lieutenant governor. Oct. 24 debate Common ground, familiar jabs mark final gubernatorial debate

Dalton replied that he had a replacement go in his stead. That replacement is allowed by law since the lieutenant governor has other duties.

"That's a bogus hit as far as I'm concerned," Dalton said.

Dalton, in turn, accused McCrory of knowingly voting to condemn land while he was a member of City Council, knowing it would help his employer, Duke Energy.

McCrory brushed aside the criticism during the debate. Afterward, he pointed out that Dalton was holding a fundraiser with the CEO of Duke. 

"They didn't do anything wrong and neither did ... I," McCrory said.


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  • wildpig777 Oct 25, 2012

    dalton showed his true agenda last night-- tax tax tax. he bemoaned the loss of revenue from internet sales, he invoked more at four {day care-free}, he invoked Jim hunt {please}. he admitted his support for the penny tax increase...

    thk you for helping me decide who to vote for walter-- the nc democrats still havn't figgered this state is a train wreck under thier leadership.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Oct 25, 2012

    Dalton was holding a fundraiser with the CEO of Duke.......Wally, Wally, Wally. A fundraiser with the CEO of your opponent's employer? And you failed to mention that? How convenient. Not that it's going to matter one way or the other.

  • hi_i_am_wade Oct 25, 2012

    "Dalton, in turn, accused McCrory of knowingly voting to condemn land while he was a member of City Council, knowing it would help his employer, Duke Energy.

    McCrory brushed aside the criticism during the debate. Afterward, he pointed out that Dalton was holding a fundraiser with the CEO of Duke."

    This reminds me of a scene in Casablanca when the police chief closes Ric's Cafe.

    "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" "Your winnings sir." "Thank you very much."


    Dalton: "I'm shocked, shocked to find out that you helped Duke energy secure land." Duke Energy: "You campaign contributions sir." Dalton: "Thank you very much."

  • Enough is Enough People Oct 25, 2012

    It was nice of McCrory to show up to this "debate." He certainly does not have too. Lets be honest, he really does not need to even campaign at all. He is going to win this election in a landslide no matter what he does. If nothing else the anti Bev Perdue vote will get him elected. After Bev, our Democrats are going to have a very hard time electing a new Gov. anytime soon. Way to go Bev!!! Thanks alot.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 25, 2012

    Another quirk that I noticed with Dalton, he was all in favor of following McCrory's statement in the second debate about cutting the wasteful spending of the various committees that were not needed in government. But every example that Dalton offered began with "form a committee to...."

    You cannot have it both ways Mr. Dalton. You were going to form a committee to look at other committees? There are too many people playing favoritism in the state government. Although I cannot find it there was a special investigation ran by WRAL not long ago that showed all the jobs in state government that were available, but only to family members of the already employed.

    It is a shame that in this day and age you still have this to deal with. It is part of that "good ole boy" scenario that McCrory talked about.

    If you want to see it in action just go to the courthouse on a day where there is an "political issue" before the court. 30 minutes before it begins the schmoozing starts.

  • tmstubbs63 Oct 25, 2012

    Bye, Bye Mr. Bev Perdue

  • The Deadhead Oct 25, 2012

    McCrory did a very good job. Dalton campaigns like McCrory is the incumbant. Funny. The current administration needs to be put out to pasture.

  • NCTravellinman Oct 25, 2012

    Same 'ol questions. Same 'ol liberal moderators.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 25, 2012

    That was a good debate, however I am completely tired of listening to Dalton attack McCrory. It sounded like the moderators were a little tired of it too.

    They both have good ideas but Dalton has been a part of the failure on the part of government in NC to do what was needed in order to keep our economy going. All we have heard for the last 4 years is "for the children this", and "for the children that". Perdue and Dalton have led the fight against the residents of NC by wanting more taxation on us at every turn.

    It was very telling last night that Dalton kept talking about tax dollars being taken from NC and sent to Washington, and how happy he was that the State would be getting that money.

    That is our money Mr. Dalton, a lot of extra money that we have to pay for our "free" healthcare. There are a lot of us who would like that money back.

    We pay our own way, why do you want to make us pay the way for people who refuse to pay their own way?