Whew!

I want to take a moment to formally thank both excellent candidates for their generosity in joining us tonight. Congratulations! You have made it through the BlueNC wringer with amazing grace. I also want to thank Betsy Muse, Linda Cloud, Jerimee and others for all their support and hard work in making this event possible.

And finally, here's to our great community members for bringing charm, wit and tough questions to the table. That went by really fast.

What do you think?

Richard Moore BlueNC Debate Thread

Welcome State Treasurer Richard Moore and thank you for participating in the BlueNC Gubernatorial Debate.

Richard Moore and Bev Perdue will face off in the NC primary election on May 6, 2008. Tonight is your chance to ask Richard Moore the questions that will help you decide how you will vote in May. Please follow below the fold to view the debate, leave questions and respond to Richard Moore's answers to your questions.

Bev Perdue BlueNC Debate Thread

Welcome Lt. Governor Bev Perdue and thank you for participating in the BlueNC Gubernatorial Debate.

Bev Perdue and Richard Moore will face off in the NC primary election on May 6, 2008. Tonight is your chance to ask Bev Perdue the questions that will help you decide how you will vote in May. Please follow below the fold to view the debate, leave questions and respond to Bev Perdue's answers to your questions.

Tonight

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As a reminder about what to expect tonight, here's the proposal we made to both campaigns last week.

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Hello!

We're very excited that both campaigns have agreed to participate in the BlueNC Democratic Gubernatorial Debate on March 31 at 7:45 pm. This email outlines our plans for the days leading up to the debate, and for the hour-long session itself. We are eager to provide an opportunity for as many people as possible to engage with the candidates, and we are also mindful of the need to deliver a responsible and respectful forum. Our plans are designed to balance all these considerations.

Lord help us

While folks here disagree on many issues, there is one about which we have near unanimity: the tenure of Senator Elizabeth Dole has been an unqualified disaster. And what is Liddy doing these days to improve her performance? She is proposing that we increase our military spending by 20%! What could be better than that! As Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch suggests, Dole's proposal would result in the US spending $15 a year for every human being on the entire planet.

Welcome to BlueNC and Pre-Debate Site Prep

Welcome to BlueNC. We have a lot of visitors this morning. We're glad you've dropped by and hope you'll come back by this evening for the debate between Bev Perdue and Richard Moore. We also hope you'll stop by more often and feel free to join in the discussions. Sometimes they're valuable and sometimes we're ranting, raving and singing to the choir.

Regular users will notice some of our site features disappearing throughout the day. We are trying to streamline the site to prepare for higher traffic volumes. I promise we will turn everything back on after traffic dies later tonight.

Today

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Below is the email we sent to the Moore and Perdue campaigns yesterday about broad topics for tomorrow's debate. As you look over these, please keep in mind this comment from Brunette in one of the earlier "questions" threads.

Questions should be short. Questions should be challenging. But what makes a question "tough" isn't necessarily the philosophical difficulty of a given issue. In fact, the more complex the question, the easier it is for a politician to dodge it. Sometimes what is interesting and revealing is not a question that necessarily looks "tough" but one that is sufficiently succinct that it is difficult to dodge, and yet provides insight into how the candidate thinks.

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