Perdue agrees to 5 debates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue agreed Wednesday to five debates with Republican Pat McCrory.

For McCrory, that's not enough.

Perdue's campaign said she'll debate five times starting June 21 in Atlantic Beach before the N.C. Bar Association. The other debates are spread out, ending with an Oct. 15 face-off in Charlotte. None of the scheduled debates are further west.

“We've agreed to five debates, it's more than any recent gubernatorial campaign in North Carolina,” says Perdue spokesman David Kochman. “It provides a very aggressive schedule and good opportunity for voters to hear about the candidates.”

McCrory has agreed to seven debates, says his manager, Richard Hudson.

“Pat has agreed to debate anywhere and everywhere,” he says. “Let's get on with the discussion of the issues so the voters of North Carolina can make an educated choice for the person to lead this state.”

McCrory questioned why Perdue didn't list events sponsored by the N.C. Press Association and the N.C. Association of Broadcasters. Kochman said she'll be at the press association event, though it's not a debate.

As for the broadcasters' gathering, he said, “We've accepted five debates. Unfortunately we can't accept every invitation that comes our way.”