Perdue, McCrory face off on public education

CARY, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina governor hopefuls Beverly Perdue and Pat McCrory cemented their differences on public education at a debate in Wake County.

Perdue, the Democratic lieutenant governor, came out quickly in the hour-long televised forum. She said McCrory's policies supporting vouchers and opposing free community college tuition are dangerous for working class families.

McCrory, Charlotte's Republican mayor, said Perdue is misstating his views on vouchers and that taxpayers would foot the bill for the college tuition. McCrory also said Perdue has failed to make changes while on the State Board of Education for the past eight years.

The debate aired live on cable television and will be replayed Friday night on University of North Carolina Television.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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