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Democratic Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Visits NC

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer talked with a potential voter before going on stage at North Carolina Central University's law school on January 12, 2020.
Josie Taris
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WUNC

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer is preparing for this week’s debate after a weekend of campaigning in North Carolina.The billionaire's showing in two regional polls qualified him for the debate just before the deadline.

That prompted some voters like UNC-Chapel Hill public health professor Aimee McHale to attend a meet and greet with Steyer at North Carolina Central University's law school.

“I'm keenly interested in being knowledgeable about who the alternatives are to hopefully replace Donald Trump,” McHale said. “And I'm interested in finding the candidate who I think has the best opportunity to beat him in the general election.”

McHale said she was impressed by Steyer’s understanding of public health, but she's still not committed to one candidate. At the meet and greet, Steyer positioned himself as a political outsider who can untangle corporate America’s grip on politics.

“I'll take it back,” Steyer said. “I've been doing it for 10 years and fighting them successfully as an outsider that I'm for term limits, that I will make climate my number one priority, but I'll do it from the standpoint of environmental justice and create millions of good-paying union jobs, and then I can take Mr. Trump down on the economy.”

Steyer also visited McDougald Terrace, the Durham public housing complex recently evacuated because of carbon monoxide, and attended a forum on poverty at Reverend William Barber’s church in Goldsboro.

North Carolina’s primary elections are part of Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

Josie Taris left her home in Fayetteville in 2014 to study journalism at Northwestern University. There, she took a class called Journalism of Empathy and found her passion in audio storytelling. She hopes every story she produces challenges the audience's preconceptions of the world. After spending the summer of 2018 working in communications for a Chicago nonprofit, she decided to come home to work for the station she grew up listening to. When she's not working, Josie is likely rooting for the Chicago Cubs or petting every dog she passes on the street.
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