Cooper, Forest debate issues in North Carolina gubernatorial race

Unemployed workers, tax cuts and school choice were topics of contention Wednesday night as incumbent Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest met in Raleigh for the first and only gubernatorial debate.

Cooper’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was at the forefront of the debate. Forest criticized Cooper for not fully reopening schools during the health crisis.

If elected, Forest said he would let local communities decide how to reopen schools safely right away. The governor accused Forest of having an ulterior motive in his campaign push to reopen brick-and-mortar schools.

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