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Dalton challenges McCrory to debates across NC

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RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) – 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.

"North Carolina is at a crossroads and the people deserve a straightforward discussion on the future of our state," Dalton said in a news release sent by his campaign. "I invite Pat McCrory to tell us what he stands for and commit to joining me at these debates."

Under Dalton's proposal, the two candidates would hold two debates each month at community colleges across North Carolina, including:

  • June: Durham Technical Community College and Pitt Community College
  • July: Guilford Technical Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • August: Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington) and Asheville-Buncombe Community College
  • September: Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte) and College of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)

McCrory's campaign did not immediately respond to Dalton's challenge, made a week after each candidate won their respective primaries.

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 WECT. The Associated Press contributed material to this report.

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