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A Tale of Two Billys: The Slick-Talking Ex-Prez and the Gay-Bashing Preacher Fight for North Carolina’s Votes

It's getting hot in Carolina! Will economic populism or culture wars win the day?

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On Monday, in his syndicated “My Answer” column which runs in several major newspapers, Rev. Graham published a response to a question about voting from a reader in Chicago Tribune proclaiming that “It is our god-given responsibility to vote.” And its clear from his relentless political ads the he believes God wants a sweatshop capitalist in the White House.

So which Billy will win the day? Hard to say. But Michelle Obama is in NC today, hoping to shore up the enthusiam brought by the ex-prez. The Tar Heel state, while not necessary for an Obama win, would be a pretty feather in the presidential cap.

Lynn Parramore is an AlterNet senior editor. She is cofounder of Recessionwire, founding editor of New Deal 2.0, and author of "Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture." She received her Ph.D. in English and cultural theory from NYU. She is the director of AlterNet's New Economic Dialogue Project. Follow her on Twitter @LynnParramore.