Tillis joins WRAL debate field

Posted April 18, 2014

House Speaker Thom Tillis appears in an ad for N.C. House Legisaltive Partners

— State House Speaker Thom Tillis says he will participate in a WRAL News debate on April 23. 

Tillis initially declined the invitation, citing a scheduling conflict

"Speaker Tillis has cleared the calendar for April 23rd in an effort to participate in the WRAL debate," campaign manager Jordan Shaw wrote Friday afternoon.

Tillis is one of eight candidates running for the Republican nomination to take on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat. Polls show he is the front-runner in the field. 

Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant and Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte also have agreed to participate in the debate. It will air live at 7p.m. on WRAL-TV in the Triangle and WILM-TV in Wilmington. WRAZ-TV Fox 50 will air the debate at 11 p.m. on April 23. The debate will also be available online and available to other broadcast outlets across the state and nation via satellite.

WRAL News extended debate invitations to candidates who reached 10 percent support in polls of likely Republican primary voters.


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  • goldenosprey Apr 22, 2014


    Right now, I'm paying for those on minimum wage to be subsidized by food stamps, medicaid, Section VIII and so on. It's called indirect corporate welfare because it enables corporations to reap the benefits of cheap labor while leaving the taxpayer with part of the expense. I would not hold my breath waiting Mr Mr. Tillis, R-ALEC or any other republican to dip into his corporate benefactors' profits.

    As for worrying that WRAL won't throw a bunch of softballs to the candidates, why are you worried? Surely the narrative of Freedom and Guns and reactionary whatnot will shine forth, no matter what, right?

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 22, 2014
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    When asked about losing a lawsuit Brannon said on April 17th in Brevard, NC:

    "I cannot wait until the details come out." Will Brannon share the details of losing the jury trial with us during the debate. It would be worth watching for Brannon to tell us what he did not tell the jury who found him liable of misleading investors.

    Hopefully Brannon will tell us the details. The voters need to know what the jury did not.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Apr 22, 2014

    Bad move Thom. WRAL isn't a fan of yours or your party. Don't look for any favors and don't just spout out talking points.

    As for raising M. Wage, who's going to pay for it you lib puppet?

  • Concernedforourkids Apr 22, 2014

    I hope this Koch brothers puppet loses to ANYBODY.

  • Kathleen Newberg Apr 22, 2014
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    I would like to ask Thom Tillis if he will take action in the State house to raise the minimum wage in NC.

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 22, 2014
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    Plenty Coups,

    I read the linked article and confirmed that it was a jury trial.

    And that it was VERIZON who was supposedly involved with the app.

    As they say on the TV ad, "Can you hear me now?"

  • Doug Pawlak Apr 21, 2014
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    Here it is:


  • Charlie Watkins Apr 21, 2014
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    Yeah, the media reported that the jury found him liable. I believe it was a jury of twelve North Carolina citizens. Do a search on it and I think you will find out about the jury.

  • rocket Apr 21, 2014

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    It was a civil case. Are you sure a jury was invovled?

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 21, 2014
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    A moment of truth.If Tillis cannot defeat a man whom the jury found liable of misleading investors then Tillis does not deserve to serve in the Senate. Tillis is running against a man that a jury did not believe! If the jury did not believe him then how can the voters?

    If Tillis loses then he deserves to lose!