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Gov. debate draws two of four

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We've been remiss not to mention or allow comment on last night's gubernatorial debate broadcast statewide on AETN.

Green Party nominee Jim Lendall and Independent candidate Rod Bryan faced off against each other. Democrat Mike Beebe and Republican Asa Hutchinson did not show up.

According to Seth Blomeley's account in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Lendall and Bryan criticized Beebe and Hutchinson more than each other.

“Mr. Huckabee has demonstrated to us that [being governor ] is not even a part-time job,” Bryan said. “I haven’t seen him in the state in quite some time. Have you?”

He then criticized Hutchinson’s plan for a drug enforcement unit in the state police and for a surgeon general of Arkansas.

“What’s next? Are we going to send an Arkansan to the moon?” Bryan said.

Bryan said he “could do two or three other jobs” and still be governor.

That elicited a rare disagreement during the debate from Lendall who responded that “being a good governor... is a full-time job. Let’s not play games. I plan on doing it right.”

Bryan responded, “I could do it with one hand behind my back.”


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