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Gubernatorial Debate To Appear On Issues & Answers

Candidates for Kentucky governor have just a few days left to convince you to vote for them. Several weeks ago, each candidate was invited to a forum at the East Kentucky Leadership Conference. Before diving into topics such as mountaintop removal and education, each candidate was given six minutes to tell why they're the best one to lead Kentucky.

Some political pundits believe casino gambling could be a huge issue in this year's race and Otis Bullman Hensley used most of his opening statement to talk about that issue.

"I would like everyone to look at my web site www.otisbullmanhensley.com. I am the only Democrat to say no to casino gambling," Hensley said.

But many of the other candidates spent a lot of time talking about roads, jobs, how to better service the needs of Eastern Kentuckians. Jody Richards says Eastern Kentucky needs its own governor's office.

"This will be a full service Governor's office. It will take care of the needs of the people. It will service the needs of the people," he said.

Steve Beshear says Kentucky needs to stop looking outside its borders to find jobs.

"We go out and get them and attracted minimum wage jobs to start with, which we shouldn't have been targeting. And we're left with an empty building and holding the bag," Beshear said.

Bruce Lunsford didn't attend, but his running mate Greg Stumbo says Lunsford is promising universal health care for all Kentuckians.

"Now Bruce Lunsford has worked in health care all of his life and I can tell you that as a former legislator that we've tried in Frankfort to solve the problems of health care, but we just simply didn't know how," Stumbo said.

And Gatewood Galbraith says Kentucky has dropped in median income because its job priorities are in the wrong place.

"We're living in terrible times for Kentucky folks. I heard all of these promises folks of what they're going to do for roads, what they're going to do for jobs, stuff like that. In the last 10 years, we've gone from being the 10th poorest state to the poorest state," he said.

Democrat Steve Henry did not attend because of a scheduling conflict. None of the Republicans could attend either. You can see the complete forum during a special hour long edition of Issues and Answers Monday night from 7pm to 8pm.


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