Local Politics

McCrory wants more than 5 debates with Perdue

Posted June 11, 2008 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2008 2:20 p.m. EDT

— Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory on Wednesday called on Democratic Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to join him in a statewide campaign to discuss issues facing North Carolina.

The move by McCrory, the Republican candidate for governor, came after Perdue's campaign announced she would participate in five gubernatorial debates leading up to the November election.

Perdue has agreed to take part in a June 21 event in Atlantic Beach hosted by the North Carolina Bar Association, an Aug. 19 debate in Durham hosted by WTVD, a Sept. 9 debate in Raleigh hosted by WRAL, a Sept. 19 event in Cary hosted by Public School Forum and Education: Everybody's Business Coalition and an Oct. 15 debate in Charlotte hosted by WSOC, WTVI and the Charlotte-Meckelenburg League of Women Voters.

McCrory previously committed to those five debates, as well as an Oct. 14 debate hosted by WRAL. The station has invited Perdue to take part in that debate.

We should go beyond just a few structured, formal debates," McCrory said in a statement. "I would like to invite the lieutenant governor to join me in a series of joint appearance around the state to discuss the issues of this campaign. Instead of formalized debates with sound-bite answers, we should allow the voters the chance to hear where we stand on issues and how we would lead the state as governor.”