RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.