The two gubernatorial candidates have their themes down.
In their opening statements at a debate at WTVD in Durham tonight, Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Beverly Perdue sketched out the major areas they hope to focus in in the campaign and at the debate.
McCrory, the mayor of Charlotte, focused on gangs, mental health care reform and corruption in state politics.
He also joked that his sister, Linda, almost didn't let him into her home because she'd seen a TV ad portraying him as "a danger to the middle class."
Perdue, the lieutenant governor, talked about improving education, creating new jobs and increasing access to health care.
She said she wanted a "new North Carolina" where "families worry less and dream more."