Bob Etheridge skirted two difficult issues on his first day as a Democratic candidate for governor.
Etheridge, a former congressman, declined to take a position on the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages that will appear on the ballot in May, saying it is an issue that he will have to deal with later.
“The nice thing is, it is before the people and they will make the decision,” Etheridge said a news conference in front of state Democratic headquarters. “I always believe the people in the state make the right decision.”
He also declined to endorse a proposal by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to raise the sales tax three-fourths of a cent, although he admonished the Republican legislature for repealing it last year.
“They shouldn't have done away with it,” Etheridge said.
“They (the schools) are going to need resources,” Etheridge said. “That is going to be the thing that the legislature is going to have to deal with when it comes to town.”