RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Sen. Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham participated Monday night in their first of three debates during the North Carolina Senate race.
Republican incumbent Tillis and Cunningham (D) sparred for an hour on topics ranging from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to mail-in voting.
The two will debate again on Sept. 22 at the CBS 17 studios in Raleigh. A third debate will be hosted by Spectrum News 1 on Oct. 1.
In addition to taking questions from the moderator and panelists on Sept. 22, the candidates will respond to questions from local voters regarding issues that impact their local communities.
Viewers can follow the debate and related content on social media using the hashtag #ncsenatedebate.
“U.S. Senate Debate – North Carolina” will be followed by “Post Debate Live” at 8 p.m., a continuing one-hour live broadcast with post-debate analysis, in-depth interviews with the candidates and reaction from the community to this important political event.
Monday’s debate was highlighted by Tillis and Cunningham’s exchange over a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Tillis was confident the FDA wouldn’t approve anything that wasn’t safe.
“We are not going to release a vaccine that the gold standard of the FDA doesn’t require,” Tillis said.
Cunningham said he would be hesitant to take the vaccine if it was approved before the end of the year, something Tillis pounced on, calling it “irresponsible.”
Cunningham said political and financial influence has been too involved in the vaccine process while also mentioning Tillis has taken more than $400,000 from pharmaceutical companies.
Cunningham said under normal circumstances – he would have no question about the safety concerning a vaccine.
The U.S. Senate Debate on Sept. 22 will be carried on the following stations and websites: