Updated 10/24/2012 09:34 PM
Third and final gubernatorial debate held Wednesday night
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ROCKY MOUNT — The two main party candidates for governor held their third and final debate Wednesday night.
Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton talked about some of the biggest issues facing the state in a debate at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. About 800 people attended the debate.
There were still some undecided voters in the crowd. They said they wanted to hear more from both candidates. Similar to previous debates, Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton both talked about their plan to create new jobs in North Carolina, their plan to improve education in the state and their very different tax plans.
Another hot topic was healthcare, specifically for those with mental illnesses, which led to the candidates disagreeing along party lines on the Affordable Care Act.
“One benefit of the Affordable Care Act will be to provide more managed care in the mental health arena. We need to listen to the providers we need to make sure that there is managed care out there because these people can become a threat to the public if they are no on their medication or if someone is not attending to their needs,” said Dalton.
“I will not support right now, immediately getting rid of the land where Dix hospital was. In fact it just makes no sense to me we built a new hospital, we closed down an existing hospital, and we frankly gained almost no new beds that made any difference,” said McCrory.
Early voting is already under way in North Carolina. Election Day is Nov. 6. To find an early voting location, visit the State Board of Elections website.