(Raleigh News Observer) The North Carolina candidates for governor held a sharp-edged debate Tuesday night, clashing over ethics, race, taxes and education before a statewide television audience.
Trailing in the polls, Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was frequently the aggressor portraying Republican Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, as someone who would be more attuned to powerful special interests than the average person.
“We have very different visions for North Carolina,” Dalton said in a debate that took place in the studio of UNC-TV. “Mayor McCrory supports big corporations and special interests. He would take money from the public schools and fund private schools, and would raise taxes on the middle class.”
McCrory, positioning himself as a unifying front-runner, did his best to stay above the fray, ignoring many of Dalton’s jibes and answering many of the criticisms with a tone of disappointment.
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