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Dalton: McCrory's record is becoming known

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.

UPDATE: Brian Nick, McCrory spokesman: "Desperate and badly trailing in the polls, Walter Dalton continues to not let facts get in the way of his increasingly ridiculous political attacks.  Dalton's uninspiring and divisive campaign message will continue to turn North Carolinians off while Pat McCrory outlines his positive vision to lead a Carolina comeback."  

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