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Governor Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson Hold Their First Debate


It was held at the Salem Convention Center Friday as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's convention.

 

Here are parts of their closing statements.  Dennis Richardson went first.

 

"Our governor no longer has a passion to serve.  He's more aloof and we've seen it in projects like Cover Oregon and the Columbia River Crossing and the wrong headed decisions like hriing Rudy Crew to oversee our education system and failing to hire an systems integrator for Cover Oregon."
 

Governor Kitzhaber's closing statement focused on the special session he called last fall.

 

"In the backdrop of the growing chaos of the federal government on October 1st, the  shut down the federal government.  The next day the legislature passed every bill with bipartisan votes. That's really what this job is all about... the ability to find and hold an operational political center, to have a vision for Oregonians and bring them together in common cause to achieve a common purpose."

 

The two candidates actually agreed on a couple issues like supporting the top two non partisan primary system and both oppose legalizing marijuana in the state.


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