Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton wants Republican Pat McCrory to commit to eight debates over the next four months on community college campuses in their North Carolina gubernatorial campaign.
Dalton said Monday the "town hall"-style debates would give voters the chance to listen to a straightforward discussion on North Carolina's future in addition to traditional televised debates in the fall.
A McCrory campaign spokesman said the former Charlotte mayor won't be showing up for all of the proposed Dalton debates, but will continue to review the many debate requests and "plans to accept as many as possible.
It was McCrory in 2008 who asked then-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to participate in town hall meetings in their general election campaign.
This year, McCrory campaign is awash with money while Dalton is trying to get publicity while working to rebuild his campaign coffers following a contested primary campaign.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)