Gov. Tomblin and Maloney Go Head-to-Head in Debate
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 10, 2012 @ 1:57PM
Created on October 10, 2012 @ 11:39PM
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney had a rematch after last years gubernatorial debate.
Tomblin's been in politics for over 36 years and says he's got what it takes to create jobs, keep taxes low, and do what he can to fight back against the drug epidemic in the Mountain State. Maloney on the other hand has no political experience and is a business owner who says he knows first hand what it's like to create jobs.
The candidates were asked about everything from prison overcrowding, what they'll do to protect our healthcare and energy. Both agree the EPA has over stepped their boundaries and said they'll keep fighting to protect every coal and natural gas job.
"Because of the regulations that they have an so fourth it's really - a lot of it is driving the price of Appalachian coal, especially West Virginia coal up to where it's not competitive. I am doing everything that I can to make sure those coal jobs are saved in West Virginia," said Tomblin.
"He doesn't get it. I've been out there talking to a lot of folks and you look a coal miner in the eye that just lost his job and explain to him you've done everything you can when you know you haven't. We've got to have leaders that will do what's right for West Virginia," explained Maloney.
The two went back and fourth a few times, once when Maloney said the $24 million spent on high-end routers to bring broadband internet to all West Virginians was a waste. Tomblin fired back saying they're important for folks to have and they're being installed every day.