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Cheri Beasley pledges to fight inflation and for abortion rights in key North Carolina Senate race



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Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, said Sunday that her state needs a senator “who will fight hard to cut costs,” but avoided questioning whether she was happy with the how President Joe Biden and National Democrats have handled inflation. .

“People want to know that the Senate is going to cut costs,” Beasley told CNN’s Dana Bash on the “State of the Union” when asked about Washington’s response to inflation. “In the greatest country in the world, people shouldn’t have to make choices about buying high-priced groceries, school supplies or drugs.”

Republican Representative Ted Budd, Beasley’s opponent in the key Senate contest to succeed retired GOP Senator Richard Burr, has made inflation and deteriorating economic conditions a highlight of his campaign against the democrat. Although the race in North Carolina hasn’t received as much national attention as other Senate battleground contests, with the chamber evenly divided, the outcome could be crucial in determining which party will control the Senate after the mid-term.

Bash said CNN invited Budd to appear on “State of the Union,” but he declined.

Beasley, who spent two decades as a judge, including as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, drew on her court experience to position herself as a non-politician on the campaign trail.

She described abortion as a “real big deal”, adding that she would “fight to make sure Roe vs. Wade becomes the law of the land”.

“We can walk and chew gum at the same time. I’m ready to fight to cut costs and fight for our freedoms,” said Beasley, who wore a collar that read “Protect Roe” during the interview.

She also attacked Budd, accusing him of “leading the charge” and aligning himself “with the most extreme faction in his party” on abortion.

Asked if some Democrats’ calls to “defund the police” hurt him with voters concerned about crime, Beasley said, “I’ve worked with law enforcement. I held violent offenders accountable,” while noting that she does not support defunding the police.

“The reality is that Ted Budd and the National Republicans are trying to scare people about my record,” she added. “Ted Budd certainly is because he can’t defend his people. They’re spending millions of dollars on me to misrepresent my criminal record.

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