Dan Forest lands presidential endorsement, accepts debate invites

Still image from Dan Forest for Governor TV ad

RALEIGH — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is running against Gov. Roy Cooper to become the state’s chief executive in November, landed an official endorsement from President Donald Trump last week.

President Trump tweeted: “The Governor of North Carolina, @RoyCooperNC, made it absolutely IMPOSSIBLE for the Republican Party to have its Convention there – and we all love the State. Millions of Dollars, & JOBS, lost by State. VOTE FOR @DanForestNC!”

Forest immediately touted the endorsement, sending emails to supporters and fundraising off of the announcement. He also tweeted: “This shutdown is clearly targeted at keeping @realDonaldTrump YUGE rallies out of our great state.”

Lt. Gov. Forest also announced he has accepted two invitations from N.C. media outlets to debate Cooper ahead of November’s election, from Spectrum News and CBS 17.

“North Carolinians deserve to hear their candidates for Governor debate the important issues of our state,” campaign spokesman Andrew Dunn said. “Voters have a clear choice in November, and we look forward to outlining our vision for North Carolina and how we will get our state back on track.”

The Forest campaign began running a new TV ad this week highlighting Forest’s business career.