RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (WTVD) -- The two men vying to be the next governor of North Carolina squared off Tuesday evening in Research Triangle Park.
Much of the conversation focused on the taxes in North Carolina and how the candidates would reduce unemployment.
"The first tax I think we need to reduce is the income tax, which is having the biggest impact on job recruitment and job retention," said McCrory. "After that, the corporate tax and then if there's still revenue that we can balance out -- it would be the gas tax. But what we need to do is get into energy exploration and participate in our nation's independence of energy. North Carolina shouldn't be sitting on the sidelines and do just that."
"There he went again," said Dalton. "He talked about the corporate income tax. He talked about the personal income tax, but where is the beef to use that old commercial. I asked him where he's going to find $11 billion it takes to do that. He said it would be revenue neutral. Where's he going to find those other funds? He's never identified that. As far as the gas tax, I would cap the gas tax."
Meanwhile, the newest left-leaning Public Policy Polling poll showed McCrory's lead in the governor's race holding steady. He's at 47 percent to 37 percent for Dalton with Libertarian Barbara Howe at 5 percent. Those numbers are identical to what they were two weeks ago.
The final debate between the two candidates is set for Oct. 24 at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.