Tillis vs. Cunningham: US Senate race heating up in North Carolina

Tillis-Cunningham Debate

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) โ€” With just about two months to go until election day, two candidates running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina are working to make sure voters know what they stand for.

โ€œMy priority is going to be to continue to do what I did when I was speaker of the (state) House and what Iโ€™ve done as U.S. senator,โ€ Sen. Thom Tillis said.

The incumbent Republican senator said heโ€™s fighting for the economy and against tax hikes.

โ€œI think Cal Cunningham has always said heโ€™ll raise taxes, he supports the Green New Deal โ€“ those are questions that the North Carolina voter needs to see the answers to have an informed vote,โ€ Tillis said.

But his Democratic competitor, former North Carolina State Senator Cal Cunningham, said he wants to cut taxes for the working class.

โ€œPut money in the hands of working people and parents as they raise children,โ€ Cunningham said.

And Cunningham said after five years in Washington, Tillis has forgotten what North Carolina voters really want.

โ€œIโ€™m offering North Carolinians a senator whoโ€™s gonna fight corruption, work to expand healthcare, invest in education, build a stronger economy and I think North Carolinians are responding,โ€ Cunningham added.

Their differences will be on display when Tillis and Cunningham have their first debate later this month.

Tillis is already is calling for more. He wants a nationally-televised debate.

โ€œTrained attorney and heโ€™s unwilling to debate us,โ€ Tillis said.

But Cunningham wants the focus on North Carolina voters.

โ€œItโ€™s one of a number of ways that the voters here are going to size up our candidacies,โ€ Cunningham added.

The outcome of the race will help determine which party ends up with control of the U.S. Senate during the next Congress.

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