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Perdue, Moore Take Gloves Off

Posted March 26, 2008

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— After weeks of positive image and position advertisements, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore have started duking it out over the airwaves.

The two contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor have started running negative ads about each other – a new round is expected in the next few days – and political observers said the ads should be viewed with care.

"There's some elements of truth in these ads, but context is everything," said Jack Betts, a political columnist with The Charlotte Observer.

One Moore ad chides Perdue for voting for budgets as a state senator that raised college costs.

"Bev Perdue actually led the charge to raise tuition on North Carolina students," said Jay Reiff, Moore's campaign manager, acknowledging that Moore also backed tuition increases while in the legislature.

"Politics is all about competitive races. So, I will match fire with fire," Perdue said, adding that she now supports tuition breaks for college students.

Perdue's ads attack Moore's fundraising among finance firms that do business with his office. However, she doesn't mention the state's pension fund is ranked as one of the strongest in the nation.

Betts said he sees a feisty race headed down the stretch.

"Moore sees this as his time to make his move. Perdue sees this as a time to fight it off," he said.

He said he understands the advertising strategy, but he said voters would be better served by debates.

"The fact of the matter is she's been ducking debates," Reiff said of Perdue.

Perdue said she has taken part in five televised forums. She declined an open-ended invitation to take part in a WRAL-sponsored debate that Moore accepted.

"We've really debated. I don't know, again, what the whine is about from my opponent," she said.

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  • NC_VET Mar 27, 2008

    About time - maybe Perdue will own up to the lies about saving
    Ft.Bragg and Camp LeJuene which were never on the list to be
    closed. Plus she failed to acknowledge that Sen. Dole and the
    rest of our congress reps were also working on the issue.

    Jello would be better than slaw.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008

    Let them mudwrestle for the nomination. Better yet, since we're from North Carolina....do it in slaw!

  • durham citizen Mar 27, 2008

    If you see truth in their adds, they are both liers or too incompotent to be Governor.

  • Huey Mar 27, 2008

    I don't care for either one after hearing them berate each other
    so on the tv. And then they go and promise free college educations to every kid in the state. They can't even keep our roads in decent
    shape and here they go and come up with this craziness.

  • SaveEnergyMan Mar 27, 2008

    I love how they talk about each other's voting records. Neither has voted in the legislature (much) in at least eight years. Purdue has only broken a few ties and Moore can't even vote.

    As for the free tuition comment - totally impractical. Education is only worth something if the student has to invest something. Doesn't have to be much and you can give the student the opportunity to earn it over the semester. Otherwise it becomes a place to be with no consequences of failure.

  • sixnitepkg Mar 27, 2008

    sidekick, I hate to tell you, but it's the neo-conservative authoritarians (vs. TRUE conservatives like Eisenhower, and Goldwater) who brought "half-truth-ing" into politics... ever heard of a guy named Karl Rove? biggest liar of the bunch. plain and simple, Perdue has stooped to a new low... I think it's time we heard from the retiree's associations on this issue - they are the experts on this subject.

  • Sidekick Mar 27, 2008

    some elements of truth - What? mean to say a liberal will not be totally truthful? Well, the liberal standard bearers are the ones that got that train rolling.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008

    There is no free, I am taxed to pay the fee!

  • whatelseisnew Mar 26, 2008

    The sad part of this entire thing is that at one time she had the right idea. The Student receiving the education should pay for the education. Now both her and Moore are using the word "Free". There is no "Free". If the students do not pay, then the taxpayers have to pay. Sooner or later people are going to have to wake up to the fact that there is a limit to the amount of money that Government can take. From the College level on down, everyone needs to look for ways to reduce the actual cost. The State needs to seriously look at how much it can continue to supplement tuition. Just today again I heard the discussion about the billions and billions needed for roads and bridges; the list of so-called needs seems to be endless. All I hear is we need to float more and more bonds; raise taxes, raise fees, start of toll roads etc. Apparently North Carolina has caught the same disease that President Bush and the Congress seem to have.