UPDATED: McCrory, Perdue Go Back And Forth On Debate

Beverly Perdue and Pat McCrory didn't have much nice to say about third-party ads that are being run in the gubernatorial campaign.

The two candidates spoke at a televised debate Tuesday night
about the commercials being run by outside groups. The Democratic
Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association are
behind respective ads.

A Republican association ad says that Perdue would support the
status quo if she's elected governor. Perdue said she's opposed the
status quo all her life, particularly by winning elected office as
a woman.

McCrory said an ad by the Democratic-backed Alliance for North
Carolina is only one-third right and calls the Republican ad
"silly."

The two candidates said they would prefer the ads stop running.
But they are barred from communicating with them.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The topics of offshore drilling and vouchers have once again surfaced in a debate between gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Beverly Perdue.

McCrory criticized Perdue at Tuesday night's debate at a Raleigh
television studio over whether she supports deep-sea exploration
for natural gas and oil off the North Carolina coast. The Charlotte
mayor says Perdue still isn't talking clearly on the issue.

Perdue, the lieutenant governor, says she's always been for
offshore drilling in the U.S. and would be willing to allow it in
North Carolina if scientists say it's safe. McCrory supports
drilling.

Perdue later defended her campaign's argument that McCrory's
support of vouchers could cost the state $900 million. McCrory said
he's never offered that size of plan and believes any scholarships
would be targeted.


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