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|Quinn, Hynes Debate at SIU
|The Democratic candidates vying for Illinois Governor continued to mix it up during a debate in Carbondale Thursday evening. State Comptroller Dan Hynes and Governor Pat Quinn continued their scrappy discourse as they debated budget plans, taxes, job creation efforts, and ethics.
Both candidates took every opportunity to exploit each other's perceived weaknesses in an effort to attract the support of voters. The hour-long debate also found the candidates on common ground on such issues as opposing concealed carry of hand guns, the potential legal use of medical marijuana, and the need for both the death penalty as well as its current moratorium.
The candidates differ on the issue of gay marriage. Hynes supports marriage equality in any form while Quinn says he would only support civil unions and not gay marriage.
The two also disagree on the need for additional casinos in the state. Hynes' budget plan relies on the creation of up to 3 new casinos. Quinn adamantly opposes adding any new casinos, saying gambling is not the solution to the state's budget problems.
The debate on the SIU Campus at Carbondale was co-sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Its Executive Director David Yepsen says he was surprised by how combative the two democrats were in the debate this late in the campaign -- but he says that's the nature of the democratic primary in Illinois.
Yepsen says he thinks the debate helped both candidates gain some ground with voters. Yepsen also says this campaign will likely come down to which candidate is better at mobilizing the vote on February 2nd.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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