CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton outlined a proposal Monday for several debates to be held across the state against Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.
Dalton challenged his opponent to the eight town hall-formatted debates on jobs and education to be held from June-September.
The eight debates proposed all will be held at community colleges across North Carolina, including one at Central Piedmont Community College in September.
“Community colleges are the intersection between innovative education and the 21st Century economy, so where better to debate our competing visions,” Dalton said in a statement. “North Carolina is at a crossroads and the people deserve a straightforward discussion on the future of our state. I invite Pat McCrory to tell us what he stands for and commit to joining me at these debates.”
Dalton recently won the May 8 Democratic primary over Bob Etheridge with 46 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Etheridge with about two-thirds of the precincts reporting unofficial results in the six-candidate primary.
Dalton is a Rutherfordton attorney and former state senator who was elected lieutenant governor in 2008. He got in the governor's race when incumbent Beverly Perdue decided not to seek re-election.
McCrory's side countered on Monday afternoon, saying Dalton's request were "bizarre."
"Mr. Dalton and his campaign team clearly need some rest after his hard fought win in his primary campaign. Just like Walter Dalton failed to show up for community college board meetings, the McCrory campaign won't be showing up for Mr. Dalton's trumped up, dream schedule of debates on his terms," the campaign said in a statement. "Instead, the McCrory campaign will continue to review the multitude of debate requests and of course plans to accept as many as possible."
Below is Dalton's proposed schedule of debates:
- 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)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.