Candidates For Governor Square Off

The five leading candidates for North Carolina's governor squared off Thursday night in their first televised debate.

The three Republicans discussed the issues first, all saying they would work to lower taxes and enforce immigration laws.

Attorney Bill Graham, former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and state Senator Fred Smith discussed the state's economy and what can be done to manage the state's growth.

When the Republican debate wrapped up, the two leading Democratic candidates faced off.

Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue said a multimillion-dollar debt package to build a now-struggling theater in Roanoke Rapids was approved by a panel led by her opponent, State Treasurer Richard Moore.

But Moore said Perdue voted repeatedly to raise university tuition while a state senator.