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