For example when asked about the gas tax cap and tolls in Question 4, Jeff Tarte stated that he supported toll lanes on I77 as a means to get the lanes built. John Aneralla preferred reprioritizing existing funds to built the lanes rather than taxing motorists twice with a toll on top of gas taxes.
The other main difference also revolved around transportation. That came up when John Aneralla mentioned the Red Line near the end of the debate. Aneralla has been clear and consistent in his opposition to this project. He accused Jeff Tarte of running from his record of support for the Red Line once it began to run into numerous roadblocks. Tarte responded that he still thought it was a good project if the correct finance plan could be worked out.
However, the biggest difference may actually have come on the first question. "What makes you the best candidate?" Tarte fell back on his experience as an elected official. Aneralla then pointed out that the current very successful Republican Senate majority is filled with many newcomers that have no experience in elected office. He then outlined his experience as a party official with strong relationships as a means to get things done. To me, that raises the question of who will be the most effective in Raleigh - the policy wonk with an electoral background or the electoral newcomer who brings a more strict conservatism to the table?
Update: Listen to the debate here at DavidsonNews.net.
Here's the twitter stream from the event...