Democratic Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Visits NC

Jan 13, 2020

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.
Credit Josie Taris / 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.