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McCrory wants more than 5 debates with Perdue

Posted June 11, 2008

— Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory on Wednesday called on Democratic Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to join him in a statewide campaign to discuss issues facing North Carolina.

The move by McCrory, the Republican candidate for governor, came after Perdue's campaign announced she would participate in five gubernatorial debates leading up to the November election.

Perdue has agreed to take part in a June 21 event in Atlantic Beach hosted by the North Carolina Bar Association, an Aug. 19 debate in Durham hosted by WTVD, a Sept. 9 debate in Raleigh hosted by WRAL, a Sept. 19 event in Cary hosted by Public School Forum and Education: Everybody's Business Coalition and an Oct. 15 debate in Charlotte hosted by WSOC, WTVI and the Charlotte-Meckelenburg League of Women Voters.

McCrory previously committed to those five debates, as well as an Oct. 14 debate hosted by WRAL. The station has invited Perdue to take part in that debate.

We should go beyond just a few structured, formal debates," McCrory said in a statement. "I would like to invite the lieutenant governor to join me in a series of joint appearance around the state to discuss the issues of this campaign. Instead of formalized debates with sound-bite answers, we should allow the voters the chance to hear where we stand on issues and how we would lead the state as governor.”


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  • doodad Jun 12, 2008

    I cringe every time Beverly Perdue opens her mouth to speak.

  • davidgnews Jun 11, 2008

    brian4 - so true. The Libertarians can't get a voice with the status quo.

  • davidgnews Jun 11, 2008

    I'm with nodog - Oh please don't beat us to death with 5 of these things - we all lose then.

    romex, what a silly notion.

  • Libertypoint Jun 11, 2008

    Once again, Democratic-Republican duopoly has conspired to exclude the Libertarian Party from these so-called debates. We jumped through all the hoops the state requires, spent $130,000 to gather the 70,000 verified signatures needed to qualify as a political party in NC, and have an outstanding, well qualified candidate in Dr. Mike Munger, chair of the political science department at Duke University.

    As a host, WRAL should respect NC voters enough to invite all the qualified candidates for governor to the debates, so the people can get a clear and complete picture of what all the candidates have to offer. The people are entitled to hear a candidate address the real issues facing our state, instead of patented answers to the softball questions the moderators are likely to gently toss to the establishment candidates.

  • romex Jun 11, 2008

    wral is for the dems anyway they dont want you to know the trueth

  • whatelseisnew Jun 11, 2008

    I did not watch any of the debates in the primaries for the Governors race. Were they any better than the useless Presidential -level debates?

  • denverbob234 Jun 11, 2008

    perdue is scary. I don't trust her at all. I think she takes lessons from W.

  • tom547293 Jun 11, 2008

    5 too many for me

  • Here kitty kitty Jun 11, 2008

    More than 5? That sounds like more than enough! But that's just me...

  • TStills Jun 11, 2008

    Thats actually a gutsy move on her part. Have u seen her in previous debates? Lets just say shes not the sharpest tool in the shed.