Richard Burr in 2010 N.C. Senate Debates


On Budget & Economy: Stop spending or we'll end up like Greece

Burr said, "We're $13 trillion in debt. The answer is to stop spending. Americans are saying 'enough'. The answer is, let's stop spending."

"We can't cut our way out of it," Marshall replied. "We've got to grow our way out of this deficit."

Later, Burr said the question in the election is whether America gets its fiscal house in order or "be included with Greece and the rest of them," an allusion to European countries hobbled by debt.

Source: Charlotte Observer coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 27, 2010

On Jobs: I voted to extend unemployment three times; that's enough

When Marshall jabbed Burr for voting three times against extension of unemployment benefits, Burr fired back.

"I voted three times to pay for unemployment (benefits)," he said, explaining that the Senate had waived its pay-as-you-go policy to extend the benefits. "We're $13 trillion in debt. The answer is to stop spending. Americans are saying 'enough'. The answer is, let's stop spending."

Source: Charlotte Observer coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 27, 2010

On Principles & Values: Washington has to change; Congress deserves low regard

North Carolina's three US Senate candidates agreed on one thing Saturday--Washington is broken. But in their first debate, the candidates clashed over who to blame and how to fix it.

In a year when voters across the country are frustrated with government, Burr set the tone early. "Washington has to change," said Burr, adding that Congress, "is not held in high regard. We don't deserve to be."

Marshall, North Carolina's Secretary of State, said she could help fix that. "[Americans] see one side saying 'no' and the other side running scared," she said. "If we keep sending back the same people who got us into this mess, we're not going to change anything."

Marshall described Burr as beholden to special interests. Marshall, who repeatedly described herself as "a strong independent voice," called him one of the top recipients of "big-oil dollars."

Source: Charlotte Observer coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 27, 2010

On Budget & Economy: The answer is: Let's stop spending

Burr and Marshall quickly diverged from each other Saturday on how the government should handle the nation's economy and debt. Burr repeatedly highlighted the nation's $13 trillion debt that's expected to continue growing. He warned that the US could soon be compared to countries like Greece that are buckling under the weight of their obligations. "The answer is: Let's stop spending," Burr said. He acknowledged after the event that Republicans have been part of the problem. He voted several times for Bush administration budgets that drastically increased the debt.

Marshall, however, said cuts alone wouldn't save the country's economy. "We've got to make appropriate investments--the same thing you would do to make your business more profitable," Marshall said. "You can't cut your way into huge profitability."

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

On Energy & Oil: Ending offshore drilling leads to economic disaster

The candidates had differences on offshore oil drilling. Marshall said lawmakers like Burr had allowed deepwater drilling despite the "disastrous" risks that are now apparent. The well gushing into the Gulf is a deepwater well. Marshall said she opposes drilling off North Carolina's coast.

Burr said oil companies had been forced to go into the riskier territory because they were "chased" away from land drilling and shallow water drilling. He said officials need to ensure that deepwater drilling is saf before quickly allowing it to continue. President Obama's administration had imposed a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but a federal judge struck it down. The government is appealing that decision.

But ending such drilling entirely, Burr said, would lead to economic disaster."You'll have no economic growth," he said. "You'll have no job expansion. You'll have a contraction like you've never dreamed of."

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

On Government Reform: Government should regulate. with no bigger role

The forum showed voters distinct messages among the candidates at a time when Americans are grappling with questions about the role of government and regulation following an economic collapse.

Marshall pointed to stronger regulation, saying the mentality on Capitol Hill has been that Wall Street will heal itself and that market forces will take care of things. She said that regulators need more funding. "We've seen what happens when capitalism takes over," said Marshall.

Burr said government shouldn't be playing a bigger role with a stronger hand but should focus on regulating the products that were overlooked--such as the complex derivatives blamed in the nation's economic collapse--and to make sure the existing regulators are doing their jobs. "I fear that we're headed down a path that will be too overburdensome, too duplicative, it will raise the cost of credit, will choke the credit for small business and for individual loans," Burr said.

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

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