Cunningham, Marshall face off in TV debate

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham

June 10, 2010 9:18:11 PM PDT
North Carolina's U.S. Senate candidates, who are seeking the Democratic nomination in a runoff race, faced off on Thursday evening.

Lexington attorney Cal Cunningham and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall took park in a televised debate in Raleigh.

The two tackled several issues including the oil spill in the Gulf and a proposal to drill off the North Carolina coast.

"I would not support ... we do need stricter safety regulation ... I look at the goo covered birds and that tears my heart out," Marshal said.

"We have to hold BP to a high standard ... end of the tax breaks ... all of the costs," Cunningham said.

It is their first one-on-one debate since they advanced to the runoff following the May 4 primary. Marshall finished first and Cunningham second, but Marshall did not get enough votes to prevent a runoff.

Early voting has begun for the June 22 runoff. The winner takes on Republican incumbent Richard Burr in November.

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