Dalton, the Democratic lieutenant governor, most often was in the role of the aggressor, portraying McCrory as someone who would be more responsive to the interests of the well-to-do, whether it came to taxes or big oil companies.
McCrory portrayed himself as the reformer who would make much needed changes in the state, while painting Dalton as part of a failed “good ol’ boy and good ol’ girl system” that had lead to high unemployment and scandal in government.
The hourlong face-off was the first of three statewide televised debates. It was sponsored by the N.C. Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation and was held at the studios of UNC-TV.
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