Three high-profile Democrats kicked off three consecutive nights on television, seeking to persuade voters to choose them as their party's nominee for North Carolina governor.
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison sat together Monday night for their first live TV debate of the primary campaign at a Raleigh television studio.
Each of the candidates said they would support higher public education spending and blamed Republicans for spending cuts.
Each of them declined to call on the state Democratic Party chairman to resign in the wake of harassment allegations at party headquarters that led the executive director to resign Sunday.
They also said they opposed a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage in North Carolina to one man and one woman.