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N.C. candidates for U.S. Senate meet in debate

Posted October 13, 2010

— North Carolina’s candidates for U.S. Senate met for a televised debate on Wednesday night.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr, Democratic hopeful Elaine Marshall and Libertarian candidate Mike Beitler faced off on issues including health care reform. 

"We're going to have to do something, otherwise the increase in the demand for the services and a decrease in the supply means skyrocketing costs," Beitler said.

Burr stressed that he voted against health care reform.

"I was against it then. I'm against it today. I'd like to repeal it. I'd like to replace it with something that goes to addressing the cost of health care," he said.

Marshall said the reform is a start.

"It wasn't a pretty process, but it's a start. We now have the opportunity for more people to have health care," she said.

Wednesday's night debate was hosted by WNCN-TV and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

Burr and Marshall debated on Monday, laying out competing visions for how to rebuild the nation’s economy. Beitler was not invited to that event because surveys failed to show him with at least 10 percent support.

The candidates will square off again on Oct. 21 in a debate hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. The debate will be televised at 7 p.m. on WRAL.


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  • dixieboy Oct 15, 2010

    Burr's gonna win.

  • Gary_too Oct 14, 2010

    Providing loans to small businesses is bad? says Plenty Coups

    I am a small business owner and a loan isn't what I want. I want customers and I want to know what the increase in my healthcare is going to cost and I want to know what my tax rate is going to be next year. I want some assurance of what is going to happen in the near future, and not a one sided push toward European socialism. Obama's laser like focus on jobs has turned out to be to a blind-man's fumbling.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 14, 2010

    "That bill was a 'Rats bill to create talking points leading up to the election, not a bill that would help the economy."

    Any proof of what you say? Providing loans to small businesses is bad?

  • 5Rs Oct 14, 2010

    "Thank you Richard for not allowing the aid to small business bill so that more North Carolinians can stay unemployed!" - Plenty Coups

    That bill was a 'Rats bill to create talking points leading up to the election, not a bill that would help the economy. The bill did nothing to reduce the risk and cost of creating new jobs, the primary roadblocks to improvement. This administration is so oppressive that the business climate is poor.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 14, 2010

    Thank you Richard for always doing what the Republican party wants you to do rather than what's best for the USA. Thank you for being such a mindless obstructionist. Watch this video:


  • Plenty Coups Oct 14, 2010

    Thank you Richard for not allowing the aid to small business bill so that more North Carolinians can stay unemployed!

  • 5Rs Oct 14, 2010

    "I will vote against him (Burr)"

    Please reconsider. Yes, he voted for TARP, but TARP was essential to prevent a further financial meltdown. If TARP had been signed a week earlier, Wachovia would have survived independently, rather than being taken over by a California bank.

    Electing the Democrat is tantamount to having another party hack like Hagen, who has voted with the President's left wing agenda every time.

  • Moriahe Oct 14, 2010

    Before TARP went through, I e-mailed Senator Burr and told him that if he voted for it, he would lose my vote. So now, even though he's for the Fair Tax (the single best shot at saving the prosperity of the country), I will vote against him.

    The democrat candidate is obviously not a serious consideration, so my vote will go to the Libertarian.

  • Juncyard Oct 14, 2010

    At this point I'm unsure of who I will vote for, I know it will NOT be Burr, expecially since he voted against a woman's right to seek justice after being raped.

    Marshall was the defacto vote until I saw Beitler last night.

    Are there any more debated upcoming?

  • hp277 Oct 14, 2010

    Beitler was impressinve in the debate - he was far more informed about the issues than Burr, and more conservative.

    Burr voted for TARP and told his wife to pull as much money out the ATM as she could during the financial crisis that led to TARP. He was looking out for himself instead of doing his job and looking out for all of us.

    Burr has been a disappointment and has become a corporate mouthpiece. Beitler would be a far better senator, and more honest to boot.