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Marshall, Cunningham united, determined to defeat Burr

Posted June 17, 2010
Updated June 21, 2010

— No matter who wins the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination for North Carolina, both candidates say they plan to stand behind their party to defeat incumbent Republican candidate Sen. Richard Burr.

Neither Secretary of State Elaine Marshall nor Lexington attorney Cal Cunningham received the 40 percent of votes in last month's primary election to win the nomination.

"This race is about who can best take on Richard Burr in November," Marshall said.

A run-off election scheduled for Tuesday will decide who will run against Burr, who has represented the state since he beat former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles in 2004.

"I'm standing behind my party and pledging to support her, should she win, as I'm sure, she'll support me," Cunningham said. "We have to work together."

Most political pundits believe the Democrats have a steep climb and to have a realistic chance against Burr, they must be unified.

Burr has said he expects a tough race no matter who the Democrats nominate.

"I have always been a supporter of the Democratic ticket, so I certainly will," Marshall said.

Whether in debates, campaign stops or campaign materials, both Cunningham and Marshall have tried to differentiate themselves from each other, but both seem to agree on many of the same issues.

During a recent debate, Cunningham questioned Marshall's stand on reforming Social Security. Marshall said she's opposed to raising the retirement age to receive full benefits, currently at age 67.

Marshall said she wondered how Cunningham could be independent representing North Carolina residents when he took $150,000 from what she called Washington insiders.

Marshall points to her experience as Secretary of State for more than a decade as her qualification to serve in the Senate.

"I've taken on special interests like health care insurance, Wall Street – the kind of folks that Richard Burr supported," she said.

Cuningham says his experience away from Washington is the change voters are looking for.

"I'm a new guy, a fresh face. I'm going to take some new energy to Washington," he said. "I haven't had a career in politics, and I recognize that North Carolina's looking for something a little different."

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  • gunny462 Jun 18, 2010

    Burr for the win! Marshall came out and said she was for grass roots and also for Obama's agenda... Thats like saying the CIA has Intelligence.

  • jet2rdu Jun 18, 2010

    Marshall and Cunningham would be effective as Hagen. One thing is certain is that their support of President Obama, although the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize from Norway last year, he will not be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action to grow US businesses and respect for our Constitution.

    And either of these two Congressional Democrat candidates, Marshall or Cunningham, who both support this administration's agenda have as much of a chance of winning in November as they have a chance of catching a 700 pound Marlin in Hope Mills Lake this weekend.

  • br549znc Jun 18, 2010

    Burr will win.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 18, 2010

    The only person getting my vote is Richard Burr....anyone who is willing to go along with Reid and his cronies WILL NOT get my vote. There is a price to be paid when you don't listen to what the american people want, such as healthcare. Never in my life have I seen a group of politicians willfully go against the desires of the people who put them in office. I probably won't ever vote for a democrat again.
    garrettsmom

    And this lady thinks she speaks for "the American people"...How do you know how I feel or any of the 300,000,000+ people in the country? FOX told you that? Good lord people.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 18, 2010

    We really need to band together to remove ALL of the Obama cronies from our house/senate. They need to go and we need to get the country back on the right (conservative) track. Cut the spending, reduce the taxes, let small businesses get out from under the tax/regulations so they can hire people! Revoke the Health Care fiasco, shut down cap & trade, enact the FairTax, lock down the borders - remove all illegals, eliminate sales taxes on the internet - so much to do to undo Obama's evil work (he is not the only one to blame - you have Pelosi & Reid as well). Vote YES on Richard Burr for Senate!
    Tax Man

    And we have another hack...Conservative like financing a war with Communist? Or conservative like bailing out banks with welfare? Or maybe you mean conservative Medicare reform which the GOP cried was socialism when it was enacted...THEN FUND IT!@!! You mean conservatie like the ones who granted Amnesty or support like the guy you voted for? Obama cant fix all the issues the "conservati

  • alshomes Jun 18, 2010

    Burr will be the winner. People are tired of democrats give away programs and putting this country in debt that we cant pay off. No more.

  • PatsFan Jun 18, 2010

    I will never vote for Richard Burr. He has done absolutely nothing for the state of North Carolina. He panders to the financial services industry and their lobbyists even though they have fleeced us of all our money. When the country was in a financial crisis he used his insider information to tell his wife to drain their bank account. I wonder who is putting money into his bank account.

    He shows no leadership skills in the Senate and merely kowtows to the GOBP partyline. The GOBP has no vision and Burr is a former utility account manager who can't see beyond the end of his nose.

    I am very pleased that healthcare reform was passed, am impressed with how Obama is handling the situation in the Gulf of Mexico, and look forward to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I agree that government spending needs to be reduced and the place to start is to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Burr is going down and it is going to be fun to watch.

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 18, 2010

    The only person getting my vote is Richard Burr....anyone who is willing to go along with Reid and his cronies WILL NOT get my vote. There is a price to be paid when you don't listen to what the american people want, such as healthcare. Never in my life have I seen a group of politicians willfully go against the desires of the people who put them in office. I probably won't ever vote for a democrat again.

  • ThatGuyAgain Jun 18, 2010

    A pair of self-professed Democratic Party robots - this is "change?" Something new and different? "Please vote for me but if you don't, my opponent will dance to Harry Reid's tune just as well as I would." No, thank you. Had enough of that.

  • Tax Man Jun 18, 2010

    We really need to band together to remove ALL of the Obama cronies from our house/senate. They need to go and we need to get the country back on the right (conservative) track. Cut the spending, reduce the taxes, let small businesses get out from under the tax/regulations so they can hire people! Revoke the Health Care fiasco, shut down cap & trade, enact the FairTax, lock down the borders - remove all illegals, eliminate sales taxes on the internet - so much to do to undo Obama's evil work (he is not the only one to blame - you have Pelosi & Reid as well). Vote YES on Richard Burr for Senate!

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