Deborah Ross: Clinton is trustworthy

Posted August 21, 2016

— Several recent polls show a majority of Americans don't trust Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Don't count Deborah Ross among that majority.

"Hillary will be an excellent president," Ross, North Carolina's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a recent interview with WRAL News. "I trust her to do that job."

But is Clinton honest and trustworthy?

"She is trustworthy as our commander-in-chief," Ross said.

When pressed further, she flatly replied, "She is trustworthy."

Like Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump, Ross is engaged in a tight battle with two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gave Ross a 2-point lead. Although the edge is within the poll's margin of error, meaning Ross and Burr are technically tied, it was the first time any poll had her in the lead.

"It felt great. Now we have to hold onto it and expand it," she said about the poll results. "I don't take anything for granted."

Unlike some GOP leaders, Burr has endorsed Trump, which Ross said might help her in November.

"I think Richard Burr's embrace of Donald Trump is hurting Richard Burr," she said.

Burr campaign spokesman Jesse Hunt said Ross is merely trying to deflect attention to her record.

"Deborah Ross' previous career with the ACLU shows that she's beholden to the most far-left part of her party, and her record is too radical for mainstream voters," Hunt said in an email. "This race will come down to who North Carolinians trust most to represent their views in the Senate, despite Ross' desperate attempts to make it about anything else."

The GOP has hammered Ross in ads and news releases for her work with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. She left the organization as state president in 2002 and spent the next decade in the state House.

Ross called the ACLU attacks "a smokescreen" and said it's Burr who is trying to diverting attention from his record, one that she said includes attempts to privatize Medicare and handing out tax breaks to special interests.

"North Carolina is sick and tired of what's been going on in Raleigh and in Washington," she said. "People want their state back, and they want better representation."

Hunt said Burr's "record of delivering real results for North Carolina stands on its own, and it's one that resonates with voters."

Ross has been running an extensive grassroots campaign in recent months, although she said she plans to take to the airwaves soon with her first batch of television ads. She said she is gratified by the reception she's received in gatherings across the state, especially in traditionally Republican areas.

"People want a change," she said. "They're learning about the campaign because I show up, and we're just going to keep the momentum going."


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  • Sean Creasy Aug 23, 2016
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    I don't think I'd drink the water at her house cause there's definitely something funny going on with it to make her really believe Hillary is trustworthy..

  • David Lanier Aug 22, 2016
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    Ross (D) has merely shown herself to be untrustworthy and gullible.

  • Chris Redshaw Aug 22, 2016
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    Things I trust more than Hillary:

    Former President Clinton on “Take Your Daughter to Work Day”, Casey Anthony’s Daycare, Drinks with Bill Cosby, An elevator ride with Ray Rice, Passing gas while fighting the flu, A Bigfoot sighting, Any story reported by Brian Williams, A Palestinian on a motorcycle, Flint Michigan tap water, Mexican tap water, Truck stop sushi, Emails from Nigeria informing me I’ve won the lottery, Taking a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time, Michael Vick dog sitting, O.J. Simpson with a glove and a knife, Carpooling with Ted Kennedy, A blood transfusion from Charlie Sheen, Bernie Madoff as a financial adviser, A prostate exam from Captain Hook

  • Clarence Hill Aug 22, 2016
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    Can America survive 4 more years of Hillary and Willie Billy in the White-house? I doubt it. People seem to have forgotten that "It depends on the the meaning of the word IS, IS" Willy Billy was "impeached" and lost his law license for lying. Shame on America if we get bit twice.

  • Lee Rogers Aug 22, 2016
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    Wow, we need a lot of tin foil hats for the majority of posters here.

  • Bill Huntington Aug 22, 2016
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    "She's honest! Honest, she is!" A person who has been in the public spotlight for DECADES and is still distrusted by SO MANY....yeah, good luck with that. The problem with Hillary Clinton is that over the years, she has contradicted herself on so many occasions and on others, has been proven to be outright lying. Yet, in the face of overwhelming facts, she tends to continue to lie until she's backed into a corner.

  • Joseph Shepard Aug 21, 2016
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    Hillary Clintons history of lying begins in 1973, when she was fired from the Watergate Investigative Committed for---wait for it--LYING. She has not changed her stripes since then..I am simply amazed at the ignorance of people who continue to think that she is a fit candidate to be President of this Nation. They ignore her history of lying, deceiving and dishonesty and continue to support her. This nation will survive 8 years of Obama--it will not survive a Clinton Presidency...

  • Paul Weaver Aug 21, 2016
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    Clinton is trustworthy.... Best laugh I've had all day!

  • Paul Donovan Aug 21, 2016
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    Latest poll done by NBC shows that only 11% of voters believe Hillary is honest and trustworthy. These statements really show something about the judgement of Deborah Ross.

  • Joey Cuddington Aug 21, 2016
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    TRUSTWORTHY??? She has to get someone else to call her dog!!! Even ol'Fido knows what she is!!!