||WRAL Kicks Off Candidate Issue Spots For November Election
2002 Election’s Candidates & Issues Forum
WRAL-TV is gearing up for the next phase of the 2002 election season by continuing its Candidates & Issues forum. The station has taped messages from the leading candidates in the US Senate race and the Congressional matches in the 8th and 13th districts.
The candidates taped the segments at the WRAL-TV studios in September. 8th district Congressional candidates Robin Hayes (R) and Chris Kouri (D) and 18th district candidates Carolyn Grant (R) and Brad Miller (D) addressed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’s affect on North Carolina and Social Security issues.
US Senate candidates Erskine Bowles(D) and Elizabeth Dole (R) also taped spots at WRAL-TV. Each addressed three issues: The impact of NAFTA on the state, their views on abortion and whether or not citizens should be able to invest a portion of their Social Security withholding in the future.
The segments will begin running during the WRAL-TV newscasts today, Thursday, October 3, and will run for 30 days. Sister stations FOX50 in Durham, WJZY-TV & WWWB-TV in Charlotte, WILM-TV in Wilmington and Raleigh radio station WRAL-FM will also carry the spots. These segments can be accessed and watched on WRAL.com. WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, unaffiliated with CBC, will also carry the US Senate and 13th district messages.
WRAL selected the races based on the ones most pertinent to local viewers.
WJZY-TV in Charlotte also taped segments with Charlotte candidates, which will air on CBC’s Charlotte stations. Candidates from the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 12th districts were invited to tape segments at WJZY but, due to scheduling conflicts, not all candidates accepted the invitation. These candidates were asked about Social Security withholding and abortion, with an alternate question about NAFTA. The Charlotte segments will begin running on both WJZY-TV and WWWB-TV on October 4, 2002.
The North Carolina elections will be held, along with elections in the other 49 states, on Tuesday, November 5, 2002.