Democratic candidate Walter Dalton said Thursday that he felt good about his first televised debate with Republican Pat McCrory.
“People know his name, but I don't think they know his policies,” Dalton said at a news conference to unveil his education plan at Wake Medical center. (See story in this Sunday's N&O.) “Last night I think I was able to put him on the defensive.''
“He is talking about big corporations paying absolutely zero tax,” Dalton said referring to a proposal to reduce or eliminate the corporate income tax. “He is talking about giving a tax benefit to people who are worth more than $5 million.''
He was referring to a McCrory proposal to eliminate the state inheritance tax, which effects only inheritances of $5 million or more.
He said Charlotte under McCrory's leadership had a higher crime rate than Los Angeles or New York.
“I think I was able to expose his record,” he said.
Dalton, who is lieutenant governor said he still had time to make up a double digit lead in the polls.
A new Rasmussen Poll released Thursday found McCrory leading by a 54-38 percent margin.