NCBA To Sponsor Eagerly Awaited Debate Between Democratic Candidate Clay Aiken And Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

Sept. 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

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Kathleen Donnelly,
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PINEHURST, N.C. – As the nation gears up for November elections, the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) is preparing to host a highly anticipated debate in a race that will continue to demand national attention. The NCBA, in partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Company and WRAL-TV, has arranged to host a debate between U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) and Clay Aiken (D), entertainer-turned-politician, on Monday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m.   

The debate will take place in front of a live audience at the NCBA’s Management Team Conference at the Pinehurst Resort. The debate will be open to delegates attending the Management Team Conference and the media, but not to the general public. Lasting one hour, the debate will air at 7:00 p.m. on WRAL-TV and at 11:00 p.m. on WRAZ-TV. It will also stream on at 7:00 p.m. and will be available on demand through Election Day. Media guidelines will be distributed separately and are forthcoming. 

David Crabtree, award-winning WRAL News anchor, will serve as the moderator for the debate. Crabtree is a highly experienced moderator who will ask questions in a free flowing format not burdened by the time constraints of a standard debate format. 

“We believe this highly anticipated, first televised debate between these two candidates will have much of our state watching very closely” said Thad Woodard, president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association. “We are proud to sponsor this important exchange. We are grateful for the partnership with WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting to make this event a reality.”

As the very first debate between Aiken and Ellmers, the October 6 event in Pinehurst will allow the two candidates to highlight their credentials, share insight into their vision for the State’s 2nd congressional district and debate opinions in a thought-provoking Q&A format. The district includes all or parts of Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Randolph and Wake counties.

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