Pat McCrory is making elitism an issue.
At a debate on WRAL tonight, the Republican gubernatorial candidate argued that Democrat Beverly Perdue's views on education are elitist.
He said that her statement that she wants students to aim higher than technical college is elitist.
"I don't look down at plumbers," he said. "I don't look down at mechanics or electricians or people (who) put down my wood floors. These people frankly make more money than I do and they deserve it because they have a greater talent than I do. ... We ought to respect them for learning a skill and a trade."
He charged that Perdue's approach is part of "the elitism that has taken over government."