Cal Cunningham news conference
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham avoids answering questions about his extramarital affair during an Oct. 9, 2020, news conference.
All right. I'm gonna start with Gary Robinson from AP. Gary, you should be able on mute. You hear me? Cow Can Gary, how are you? I'm doing fine. I'm sorry to ask this question, but, Cal, you've said this race isn't about your personal life. But you have spent millions of dollars on TV ads telling people about your own personal story. So aren't your recent personal activities fair game for the public to review while judging your candidacy? Sure. Clear. I have taken responsibility. Hurt that I've caused in my personal life. I've apologized to it, apologized for it. And I know this camp. Our campaign is about things that are much bigger and more important than just me. It's about the very issues and people we were just talking about right here. What Grant, Len and Tameka we're raising. And that is North Carolinians are looking for somebody who is gonna take on the monumental challenges in front of us their challenges that relate to defeating this virus. Over a million North Carolinians that have been out of the workplace for no fault of their own. The number of North Carolinians that don't have quality, affordable health care can here in the middle of a pandemic how we strengthen and bring down those costs. How we put Resource is in the hands of Len to keep that business open so that those employees have jobs that Tamika's educators have got, what they need to educate our Children, that Grant and the folks in the airline industry are able to continue to succeed in the midst of a absolutely calamitous time. Gary and and and we have in this campaign been very clear and made and litigated. The point about a failed senator in Thom Tillis, who has been a captive and capitulated to the partisan interests and the corporate interests in Washington, who notwithstanding the fact that he said he was gonna get coded relief and stayed in Washington until it would get done, hadn't gotten the job done. He's failing North Carolinians at a critical time, and Gary Up will continue to make that case. That's the when I'm hearing from North Carolinians. They want a senator and a Senate candidate who is gonna focus on them, and that's what I'm doing. Great. I wanna, uh, ask Brian Murphy from the Clash E. Brian, You should be able to on mute. Thanks, Erin. Thanks, Cal. Obviously, I need to ask about this. Are there any other allegations of extramarital affairs that you think are going to surface? And and do you think you owe voters mawr oven explanation that you've offered so far? If you're asking for their vote, Brian, look, we've heard from no less than Senator Tillis himself that this is what he wants to talk about. He wants to talk about this rather than his failed record. And let me just be completely clear that what North Carolinians. Okay? Wolf is a Senate candidate and a senator who will focus on their issues. Just like we're talking about here today about the challenges that they're facing in their daily lives. They want to hear how we get Children of North Carolina safely back into classrooms by following public health guidance. We still as we sit here this afternoon, month into this once into this pandemic, we still don't have ah plan from Washington for how we do that. We're talking about health care in the middle of a pandemic at a time when, just a week after Election Day on the docket of the United States Supreme Court is going to be the question of whether or not we strike down the Affordable care Act, potentially leaving 20 million Americans without care here in North Carolina. 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre existing conditions who could lose their coverage if that act is struck down. These are the things that Senator Tillis does not want to be talking about. These are his record blocking Medicaid voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, having no plan for health care, inability to pass the Kobe relief that we're talking about right here with Grant with Lin with Tamika and all of the different voices and people and lives that they are. Representative love here on this call. Tom Phillips doesn't wanna talk about that. So of course he's gonna wanna talk about my personal life. I'm gonna stay focused on North Carolinians. Great. Thanks. I want to go to Joe Bruno down in Charlotte. Joe, you should be able to mute E. With all due respect, you did not answer Brian's question. Are there more women? Let me be very clear. I'm hearing from North Carolina that air telling me in no uncertain terms that they want their Senate candidate talking about the issues like those that we're talking about right here today. People are tired of hearing about personal issues. They want somebody focused on them. They want somebody who is going to be a champion or the things that matter in their lives. The workplace protections and supports that Tameka was talking about for educators who would relief for the employees in lens business, the support that Congress needs to bring the airline industry. And, as I mentioned earlier, the postal business in order for them to continue to function in the midst of this pandemic, let me be clear, A swell Joe. I have taken responsibility for the hurt that I've caused in my personal life. I have apologized or apologize to the supporters of this campaign. And now this campaign is about much more things much bigger than me. Think about Grant and Lynn and Tameka and the countless hundreds of thousands of people across our state that need help right now. Paul Overton down in fable Paul, you should be able on mute. Yeah. Can you hear me? Can Paul, How are you? I'm good. I hope you're Well, tell me, what does your internal polling say about how the situation with the the affair allegation affecting your ability to win the election? What voters are you losing To what degree does this matter allowed Thom Tillis to come from behind and beat you? Paul, let me say this. I'm hearing from people across North Carolina who won't be focused on them. I'm talking about health care. I'm talking about Kobe relief, talking about defeating this virus, I think, and I believe in this campaign knows. But if I continue to hold Thom Tillis accountable for his failures as we have and I continue to focus on the issues of the lives of the people of this state won this election, I hope that that's what you will see in reflected in public polling that has been coming out throughout this week. You're continuing to execute on a plan that will win. I'm convinced of it, and the North Carolinians that I'm hearing from are telling us that they won't be focused on the issues in their lives. That's what we're doing. And that's the path to victory. Laura Leslie from WRL in Raleigh. You should be able to on you. Hi, Cal. I'm hoping you can hear me. Okay. You I'm Well, um, I kind of have to go back to what you were just talking about in terms of being able to focus on the issues of the state. You know, I'm not hearing you saying that there aren't other women, and I'm wondering whether that is going to be a distraction if you do end up going toe Washington. Is this going to be something that we're going to be hearing about for months and months? Or is this is this chapter over Laura again? Let me thank you for your question. Let me just clear that I have taken responsibility for the hurt that I've caused in my personal life. I have apologized for it, and I hope that you see reflected right here that I recognized that a candidacy for Senate and the wolf in this senator so much more than me. It's about the people of our state. It's about keeping a relentless focus on the monumental challenges that air right here in front of us about the ways and Senator needs to be on the side of people in a time of crisis like we're living in about a failed the comment. Who is not going to want to talk about his record because he has capitulated and caved in to the interest in Washington not taking the actions in the leadership necessary to deliver for North Carolinians What we need in the midst of this incredible crisis. And that's what North Carolinians want out of their elected officials. That's what they want out of me as a candidate. That's what they will want out of me as a United States senator. And that's exactly what I'm gonna provide. Um, I do want Thio open up for one more question, Cal. Um, from Steve Harrison from W f a e for those who we were not able Thio have asked a question. Please feel free to follow up with me personally. E think everyone on this call has my email and my cell phone. You can also email media at count for n c dot com and we'll be happy to follow up with you. Steve, you should be a muted. Yeah, Thank you, Cal. I mean, my question is has really been, uh what? What? Bryan and Jo already asked um is, uh, it again is just e I'll ask again. Do you think that this, um is this going to be hanging over your campaign? Um and, uh, do you think it's do you think it's fair for Senator? Tell us. Hey, has asked about allegations of of another person, another woman? Um, do you expect him to continue? And is that a fair question? Well, look, as I made clear, Steve, Senator Tillis doesn't want to talk about his own failed record, so of course, he's gonna want to try to. I'll talk about something else and let me just once again, like I've taken responsibility for the hurt that I've caused in my personal life. I've apologized for it. I've said what I'm going to say about it have answered the question and these questions. North Carolinians want me and there Senator focused on them because that's what they expect. And that's what I'm going to do, Steve. And I'm grateful for your question. Great. That's all the time we have today, folks again feel free to follow up with me directly if you have any other questions