The Debate is on!! The headlines are all over the web!!
newsobserver.com – UnderThe Dome : Ellmers and Aiken to face off in televised debate
by Lynn Bonner
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District, and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken will debate on Oct. 6 in Pinehurst.
The N.C. Bankers Association is sponsoring the debate, to be held during its management team conference. WRAL’s David Crabtree will moderate. The hour-long debate will be taped and broadcast at 7 p.m. on WRAL and at 11 p.m. on WRAZ.
“We believe this highly anticipated, first televised debate between these two candidates will have much of our state watching very closely,” said Thad Woodard, president and CEO of the N.C. Bankers Association, said in a statement.
Aiken, a former American Idol contestant and long-shot candidate running in a conservative district, won a close primary this spring to challenge Ellmers, a two-term incumbent from Dunn. The sprawling district includes all or parts of nine counties, including Wake, Alamance, Chatham, and Moore.
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USATODAY – POLITICS: Clay Aiken, Rep. Ellmers to face off in televised debate
by Catalina Camia
We know Clay Aiken can sing, but can the former American Idol runner-up also debate?
GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers and Aiken, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina’s 2nd District, will face off in an Oct. 6 debate that will air on WRAL-TV. The CBS affiliate in Raleigh will tape the debate at a conference hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association.
“We believe this highly anticipated, first televised debate between these two candidates will have much of our state watching very closely,” Thad Woodard, president and CEO of the bankers association, said in a statement.
Aiken is trying to unseat Ellmers, a two-term congressman, in a conservative district that includes the Raleigh suburbs and central and eastern parts of the state. Ellmers won a second term in 2012 by 14 points, doing slightly better than GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who carried the district that year.
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WRAL.com – @NCCapitol : Ellmers, Aiken agree to 2nd District debate
RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and her Democratic challenger, pop singer Clay Aiken, have agreed to debate next month.
The North Carolina Bankers Association, in partnership with WRAL parent Capitol Broadcasting Co., will host the Oct. 6 debate at the association’s Management Team Conference in Pinehurst.
WRAL News anchor David Crabtree will moderate the one-hour debate, which will be taped in front of delegates attending the conference.
WRAL will air the debate on television and online at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The debate will also air on WRAZ Fox 50 at 11 p.m. Oct. 6, and it will be available for on-demand viewing on WRAL.com through Election Day.
“We believe this highly anticipated, first televised debate between these two candidates will have much of our state watching very closely,” Bankers Association President and Chief Executive Thad Woodard said in a statement.
Ellmers is seeking her third term representing the 2nd District, which stretches from Cumberland County to Randolph County and includes part of the Triangle. Aiken, who gained fame on “American Idol,” defeated former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco in the May primary for the Democratic nomination.