On the Record with Walter Dalton

Posted September 15, 2012

— The first of two "On the Record" episodes with the leading candidates for governor will air Saturday, 9/15, at 7:30 p.m. on WRAL-TV, or you can watch in the player below.

This week, host David Crabtree questions Democrat Walter Dalton for the half hour. Republican Pat McCrory will be featured on next week's episode. 

Walter Dalton On the Record: Lt. Gov Walter Dalton

Crabtree opens the show by asking Dalton about the harsher tone he has taken toward McCrory in recent days. Crabrtree asks "what changed."

Nothing, says Dalton.

"I don't think anything has changed. We're comparing records," Dalton said. Dalton goes on to criticize McCrory's tax plan. 

Dalton goes on to embrace the call for McCrory to reveal more of his tax returns, which independent groups have been making for much of the summer.

Other topics covered in this week's episode include:

Fraud and Waste: Dalton says Medicaid is an area where the state continues to find inappropriate spending. New software will help spot the problems, he said. 

In the driver's seat?: Asked why, if he has had the prescription to fix the ailing economy, he has carried out those reforms at lieutenant governor. "I haven't had the steering wheel," Dalton said. He ads that some economic fixes could start working right away, while others would take months to take effect. 

Fracking: Dalton says he doesn't oppose allowing exploration for natural gas with hydraulic fracturing but he's wary of the environmental consequences and did not think there was enough gas in North Carolina to create the benefits anticipated by backers.  "Fracking will never be done in a commercial sense in North Carolina. That is not enough demand to create those jobs," Dalton said. 

Voter ID: Dalton says he does not support a Photo ID requirement but would back a compromise ID measure floated but never heard during the last legislative session. Dalton said he was worried that ID requirements could driver elderly voters away from the polls. "I really don't think it is a problem," he said on the issue.  

Eugenics: Dalton said he favors compensating victims of North Carolina's eugenics program.


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  • lopo Sep 18, 2012

    All I know is that the democrats has had control for decades and our education is one of the lowest in the nation, we pay some of the higest state and gas tax, we have almost double digit unemployment with 4 years worth of benefits, our cities crime rate is as equal as some of the large cities in the Country, come on isn't it a time for a change?

  • lessismore Sep 17, 2012

    Increasing taxes and killing businesses is no way to create jobs in NC, but Dalton believes it is.

  • MakoII Sep 17, 2012

    Dalton who?

    It's amazing how he can't do anything as L. Governor, but he sure can take that check!!!

    Why not, as your first act of Governor, ELIMINATE your current position, since it's so useless!!

  • Spidey Sep 17, 2012

    wildpig777. Please do not waste your vote. I totally understand your position with regards to Ron Paul but we must not let our current President get re-elected. Use your vote wisely. One of two people will win in Nov. Romney or Obama. It would be like voting for Ross Perot, who threw the election.

  • superman Sep 17, 2012

    Dont he know that older people still drive and have an ID? Everyone has an ID!

  • Screw WrAl Sep 17, 2012

    Let's add a few others to the list, and you know who you are, of people who will some how, some way, have to cope with the fact that Dalton will never be Governor.

  • wildpig777 Sep 17, 2012

    You must be blind and apathetic to the actions of your current president-- silly

    my current president, like bush --was an is unfit to hold office -- vote dr ron paul in nov

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 17, 2012

    "the bush administration was a FRAUD"

    You must be blind and apathetic to the actions of your current president.

  • Spidey Sep 17, 2012

    Rebelyell55. That must be why he's up by 14 points. DA

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 17, 2012

    Will WRAL have a McCrory "On The Record" ?

    September 15, 2012 ............I sure hope not, the guy makes me sick hearing him. I'm betting he hopes not too, because the more he talks the more people he is driving away.