Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory is airing a television advertisement about offshore drilling in part to challenge an ad from an outside group.
The Charlotte mayor on Wednesday unveiled the first TV ad of his general election.
In the ad, McCrory said he supports deep-sea oil exploration as well as conservation. It says his challenger, Democratic Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, is 100 percent opposed to drilling. Perdue says the ad is untrue.
McCrory campaign strategist Jack Hawke says the campaign is paying $150,000 to run the ad for 10 days.
The ad is designed in part to neutralize an ad by the Democratic-funded Alliance for North Carolina. Its ad criticizes McCrory's stand on the minimum wage and community college tuition but doesn't mention drilling.