Cal Cunningham hosted a town hall with Henderson County over the weekend, bringing “the same spirit of this campaign onto Zoom.” Cal has continued campaigning virtually, listening to North Carolinians concerns, and sharing his vision while prioritizing safety during the COVID-19 crisis.
During the call, Cal made his priorities clear: “We need to expand Medicaid coverage (in North Carolina), we need to make sure our small businesses have what they need to weather this storm, and there is an incredible need to put tools and resources in the hands of our educators — we need to close the broadband gap.”
And that message is resonating with North Carolinians across the state — he has received support from all 100 counties in North Carolina and thousands of North Carolinians, demonstrating the kind of momentum needed to win in a battleground state.
Watch this recent video highlighting some of the most eye-popping statistics from the campaign.
Cal’s recent fundraising surge, powered by “strong small-donor fundraising” has been front page news as he outraised Thom Tillis by $5 million in the second quarter and erased his cash-on-hand advantage.
Cal’s momentum is reflected in recent polls as he continues to lead while Thom Tillis struggles to win over his Republican base. Despite his “precarious reelection bid,” Tillis is still hopeful on his chances of returning to Washington saying: “I know we’re going to win because people remember how good their lives were in February.”
North Carolinians aren’t buying this “severe form of political wishful thinking” as Cal notes: “We have seen, out of Washington, a fumbled response to this crisis…We haven’t used all of the tools available to us to make sure we combat this virus.”
As millions across the country lose their health care and over a million North Carolinians remain out of work, it’s clear voters are ready for new leadership in Washington. Cal is committed to listening to their needs and is “prepared to lift up the voices of the 10.5 million people that call North Carolina home.”
Blue Ridge Now: Cunningham, other Democratic candidates, host virtual town hall
By Jake Patterson- July 20, 2020
- Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Cal Cunningham hosted a virtual town hall with Henderson County Saturday evening, attracting around 35 supporters for the online event.
- The town hall was a continuation of Cunningham’s “Carolina Conversations” series that began before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
- “We’re traveling North Carolina virtually, taking the same spirit of this campaign onto Zoom,” Cunningham explained. “It’s such a critically important part of what it means to be a U.S. Senator…to be engaged, listening, and having conversations, being prepared to lift up the voices of the 10.5 million people that call North Carolina home.”
- Cunningham stated, ”(We must) pull together experts, marshal resources, to fund a plan that helps us tackle those most important objectives…and then clearly and completely communicating that plan to people across our entire state.”
- Cunningham shared his frustration with the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have seen, out of Washington, a fumbled response to this crisis,” Cunningham said. “We haven’t used all of the tools available to us to make sure we combat this virus.”
- Remembering his last trip to Henderson County, just before the March 3 Democratic primary in North Carolina, Cunningham brought up his priorities to “build a broader, more participatory and uplifting economy.”
- Cunningham explained, “We need to expand Medicaid coverage (in North Carolina), we need to make sure our small businesses have what they need to weather this storm, and there is an incredible need to put tools and resources in the hands of our educators — we need to close the broadband gap.”
- Cunningham said he was proud of the fundraising his campaign has done, and in the last 90 days the campaign has outraised Tillis by almost 3-to-1, he said.
- “We are leveling the playing field against a tough Republican incumbent with a five year head start in his campaign.”
- “I’m a strong believer that we need to make sure the year-over-year cost increases for Social Security benefits model the actual costs that seniors are experiencing,” he said. Cunningham disagreed with, “borrowing from the social security trust fund to cut taxes for the wealthiest people in America…leading to payouts to CEOs and those that are already doing extraordinarily well.”
- One way Cunningham hopes to support LGBT rights if he unseats Tillis is by asking for Tillis’ seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he can help pass the Equality Act, he said.
- “In addition to temperament and a desire to hear voices, we need to reform and heal some of the structures of our government,” Cunningham asserted. “The first bill that I intend to file is going to set in motion an overturn of Citizens United.”
- One of Cunningham’s reasons for supporting the end of Citizens United, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court concerning campaign finance, was that “it has unleashed unlimited, unregulated corporate spending in our politics. It’s having a distortive effect on who wins elections and the agenda setting that takes place on Capitol Hill.”
- Cunningham criticized Tillis for being the leader of the push to not expand Medicaid within the state of North Carolina. “He did it for very political reasons…trying his best to head off something we’re paying for…that we’re not getting the benefit for in North Carolina.”
- “I am in favor of expanding that benefit, particularly at a time when hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are out of the workforce. Medicaid is an additional tool to help make sure those families are protected in the midst of a public health crisis.”