Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to Republican North Carolina candidates for US Congress. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.


1. The current national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. What is the current unemployment rate for the state of North Carolina?

2. How much money did Congress authorize the US Treasury to spend to buy up distressed assets and bail out the banking system under the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which was created in October 2008?

3. What is the projected national deficit for 2010, according to the Congressional Budget Office? What percentage of gross national product is the deficit?

Keith Gardner, District 5 challenger

1. Good question. I don’t know. I think it’s around 11 percent. I know the 5 th district is 13 percent. [ ]

2. That is a good question. I don’t know the answer. Why didn’t you ask about the stimulus funding? I know the answer to that. I think it was around $500 billion. [X]

3. $1.6 trillion. [X] I really don’t know the answer to that question. It seemed to be around 40 percent. [X]

Jon Mangin, District 6 challenger

1. I believe it’s 11.1 percent. [ ]

2. I think the amount authorized I want to say $700 billion. [ ]

3. I think the projected deficit for 2010, I want to say $1.45 trillion. [X] That would be, oh boy, I should know that — what? — shoot, I think that would be 15 percent. [X]

William Gillenwater, District 12, challenger

1. That depends on what part of North Carolina you live in. I was just down in Salisbury. There, it’s about 14 percent. Greensboro — it’s pretty darn close to 12. Overall, in North Carolina I’m guessing it’s between 11 and 12 percent. [ ]

2. Wasn’t that $170 billion? [X]

3. The net is $14 trillion. [X] We’re up there close to 80 percent, if I remember right. [X]

Correct Answers

1. 11.8 percent

2. $700 billion

3. $1.5 trillion; 10.3 percent