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Perdue Wants Debate to Confront 'Attack' Ads

Posted March 31, 2008

— With North Carolina's election primary five week from Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Beverly Purdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore could be headed for a one-on-one gubernatorial debate.

In a recent letter to the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, Perdue asks the group to oversee the proposed debate to ensure a statewide-televised audience.

Perdue's request comes on the heels of negative ads in recent weeks by both candidates.
Her campaign calls a recent Moore TV ad a "smear" because it mentions a campaign finance investigation related to contributions she and other candidates received during the 1990s.

Perdue had to return the money, and a prosecutor said she did not knowingly receive illegal contributions.

"After seeing the sleazy personal attack, I want an opportunity to look him (Moore) in the eye to confront him with the facts," Perdue said.

Moore campaign spokesman Jay Reiff said the treasurer would "accept any serious debate offer that is fair, has no restrictions on topics and an opportunity for rebuttals."

Moore said he looks forward to a debate where no issue is "off the table."

"I look forward to the opportunity to go toe-to-toe under any circumstances and talk about what we agree on and what we disagree on so the voters see what they'll get in their next governor," he said.

The two leading contenders for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket are expected to take part in an online forum Monday evening on BlueNC, but Moore claims Perdue's "been ducking " other opportunities to debate.

Recent polls give Perdue a double-digit lead over Moore, but she has denied that those numbers were driving her to avoid a televised debate.

She says she's debated in several televised forums. But Moore has said none of those have amounted to genuine debates.

Perdue is also calling on Moore to release public documents that she says he has failed to provide for more than eight months.

"If we're gong to have a debate about our records, then it's time for Richard Moore to come clean regarding the missing public records and the sweetheart deal he gave to State Insurance Services," she said in a news release.

When asked what she thought she would find, she responded: "Nothing would surprise me after watching these sleazy commercials."
Moore has also complained about Perdue ads toward him.

Last week, his campaign wrote the State Board of Elections asking it to investigate a radio commercial sponsored by the National Education Association. The ad does not tell listeners to vote for Perdue but praises her support for education.

The Moore campaign said the ad crosses the line and asks the board to call it illegal. Another ad attacks Moore's fundraising among finance firms that do business with Moore's office.

Jim Hefner, the president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters said the group would be "delighted to host a debate."

"(NCAB) looks forward to working with both campaigns to produce a debate that will address the important issues facing state voters," Hefner, also general manager of WRAL-TV, said.

A date, however, has not been scheduled.


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  • bossman63076 Apr 1, 2008

    No one in eastern NC should vote for a person who would not show up with the rest of the candidates to talk politics and this is what she did last week. She refused to participate in the discussion held down east. As far as the ads they are all sleezy brought to you by a bunch of crooks. Our job is to vote the least crooked.

  • mmania Apr 1, 2008

    She has a lot of nerve calling his ads sleazy. The one with the HA HA HA is so juvenile. I used to like her but since she doesn't want to debate and now is pulling the "sleazy ad" cry, I hope she loses by a landslide.

  • enoughsenough Apr 1, 2008

    whatelseisnew, that was funny, thanks for the laugh!

  • Adelinthe Apr 1, 2008

    Don't like this one. She plays dirty and blames it on everyone else, and she lies.

    Voting for the guy this time.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Fillet and Release Apr 1, 2008


    Just wait, they'll start CALLING us once or twice a day after the primary's are over.

  • skeeter Apr 1, 2008

    Pretty Boy Moore, NO NO NO NO NO

  • orange dude Apr 1, 2008

    She started the negative ads.

  • anitathebaptist Mar 31, 2008

    All I want to say is : Are we going to have to listen/watch negative ads from now until the election ? Please give us some peace from this . Its boring and pushes me away from either candidate. Thanks for listening. irishtune

  • x Mar 31, 2008

    Perdue's ads are just as sleezy and slanted as Moore's and both are part of the current democratic administration that has been fife with corruption and a lack of accountability. The republican party has fielded a slate of interesting candidates that I hope the voters look at, regardless of party.

  • ridgerunner Mar 31, 2008

    Debate because of Moore's sleezy ads? Her ads are pretty sleezy too. I hope they both lose.