Democrats Need to Fight Back

Last night, the Republican gubernatorial candidates participated in a major debate that was broadcast on some of North Carolina’s top-rated television stations during early primetime (7 PM). Not surprisingly, they used the opportunity to bash Democratic candidates Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue. Watch the video:

As Democrats, we cannot afford to sit idly by as the Republicans take shots at us. That’s why it’s so important that our Democratic candidates get equal time to debate on these top-rated TV stations. Unfortunately, Beverly Perdue has declined WRAL’s invitation to do a Democratic debate. Because of her decision, both Democratic candidates miss the opportunity to respond to these attacks.

We have a tremendous opportunity to retain the governorship this year and continue working on the challenges facing this state. But we are not going to win this race by resting on our laurels. We cannot allow the Republicans to set the agenda, espousing their right-wing talking points on the state’s most-watched television stations while we sit on the sidelines and hope for the best. The stakes are way too high. Health insurance for our children, continuing progress in public education, and protecting our environment all depend on Democratic leadership in the governor’s office.

The voters need to hear about the Democratic candidates’ agenda for our state. Our candidates are better qualified and have more thoughtful proposals to move North Carolina forward. We ought to take every opportunity to share them with the voters.

Richard Moore has accepted WRAL’s invitation to debate. Please tell Beverly Perdue to do the same:

-- Eli Kaplan
The Richard Moore Committee



I'm all for more debates, and I appreciate your willingness to make some time for us at BlueNC. As I mentioned earlier, we're getting our ideas together and will have a proposal to both campaigns on Monday.

Are there other debates planned and booked? Does WRAL have a specific date in mind, or is it open for "debate" so to speak.

Thanks again for posting this.

I heard snippets of this debate on WUNC this morning.

It seems to me:

1. They spent most of their time going after one another.
2. Neither will win by 40% (WUNC said this as well), so there will be a costly run-off.
3. The Democratic candidate will have lots of time to campaign and raise money while the Republicans beat each other up.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

You know what they say about assumptions

Both of these candidates have good ideas about what the future of the state should look like. I just hope the fight to be the nominee doesnt overshadow those ideas.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I don't think I wrote my OP clearly.

The republicans won't have 40%, so they will have a costly run-off. The Democrat (who wins) will have extra time to tour the state, raise money, create ground-game. As for the primary battle, it will soon be forgotten. Can you imagine what sludge will be thrown by Smith if he is one of the two? All folks will remember is the dirty republican primary.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

no it was clear

And its a logical assumption to make about the way the race shapes up.

But, if both camps make the assumption that no matter what they do the other will fall into line and the Republican race will be nastier no matter what then we are in trouble. If both camps can explain why they are the best candidate and avoid being nasty then your scenario will almost certainly play out and we will win and things will be fie. But nothing is certain.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Where are you?

Are you back yet?

We miss you.

Im back

Ive been in NC for about a week. Im just floating around trying to decide what my next move is.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"