Some big news today out of North Carolina:
Here’s some more info:
In his first campaign television ad, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham called corruption in Washington “one of the greatest threats to our country.”
Cunningham, one of five Democrats in the primary to take on incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, is running the ad in the Raleigh market this week.
The 30-second spot focuses on Cunningham’s military service before shifting to health care issues — lowering prescription drug costs, guaranteeing coverage for preexisting conditions and expanding Medicaid — that Cunningham says are being threatened due to corruption in Washington.
By the way, I know there are folks in the Daily Kos community who are strongly supporting the other Democratic candidates in the primary. I wanted to highlight their recent debate on health care:
Two of North Carolina’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidates disagreed on health care policy at the first meeting of their campaigns Tuesday night.
They were among four Democrats and one Republican candidate who appeared at a forum sponsored by Charlotte’s Black Political Caucus at West Charlotte High School. All are trying to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.
Asked about health care, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham said he would build on the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option. He also said he supports Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.
State Sen. Erica Smith didn’t answer the question directly.
“We get caught up in labels,” she said, “This is not about left or right. This is about wrong and right.”
Last year, she said she would build on the ACA, better known as Obamacare. But if Medicare for All is the only option, she said “would not vote against it.”
Trevor Fuller, a Mecklenburg County commissioner, said he wants universal health care.
“Medicare for all is the closest model we have,” he said.
Tillis has voted to repeal the ACA.
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