AL Republican Gubernatorial Debate

AL Republican Gubernatorial Debate

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 4:28 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 5:10 PM

Wednesday night was the second debate for Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidates.

Noticeably absent - Governor Kay Ivey, who had a scheduling conflict.

But Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Evangelist Scott Dawson and state Senator Bill Hightower were all there talking about immigration, gambling, school safety, and even Roy Moore.

All eyes were on Birmingham Wednesday night for the Republican Gubernatorial debate. The three candidates, not holding back any punches.

Battle: "Is Kay Ivey really running the government? When do you have time to govern?"

One of the hot button issues of the night - ethics. Given Alabama's sordid history with it, and raising the gas tax.

Battle: "We have to do infrastructure."

Hightower: "I want a long term plan we're going to stick to.

Dawson: "We don't know what's going on in Alabama. We've got to go in and make sure its transparent."

And immigration.

Battle: "Inclusive community. We do not exclude people. Work with them to be productive citizens."

Hightower: "We need the workforce. We need to cooperate with ICE. Threat to society."

When asked if they voted for Roy Moore, all three said they voted along party lines.
And they were in agreement with not allowing gambling in the state.

Battle: "It is not a financial tool I would jump into, it's a quick money process. I'm not wild about having it in my area. There are some residual and social ills that come off of that. I would lean towards no."

Dawson: "It's an economic decision for me. Never a good idea."

All three did mention their disappointment with Governor Ivey not attending the debate.
They promise to be great leaders, and make the state better by having transparency and holding people accountable.
But, it will ultimately be up to you, the voter, on the June 5th primary.

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