Video: Kansas Association of Broadcasters hosts gubernatorial debate

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The Kansas Association of Broadcasters hosted a gubernatorial debate on Tuesday afternoon

The top three candidates debated on topics including state funding, health care and immigration.

All three candidates stayed close to their campaign talking points. 

For Independent candidate Greg Orman that meant distancing himself from both candidates.

“I think what we’ve seen is a history where they don’t work across the aisle until we get to a point of crisis. And as I’ve traveled throughout Kansas that’s the thing Kansans are frustrated with,” said Orman. “They want people to go to Topeka, do their jobs, solve problems and move on to the next one. And what they get are these partisan food fights and voters are sick of it, frankly.”

For Democrat candidate Laura Kelly she took several opportunities to say Republican Kris Kobach shared similarities to former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. She also continued her push to say Kansas needs expanded healthcare.

“For the last six years, we have sent nearly $3 billion back to Washington D.C.,” said Kelly. “Kansas taxpayers money, we have distributed it to other states for them to take care of their folks, to grow their economies.”

Meanwhile Republican candidate Kris Kobach again said he would work to lower taxes and shrink the size of Kansas government.

“So I think people are seeing a very clear distinction between the candidates on these pivotal issues,” said Kobach. “We’re three weeks to go so people are making up their minds and the key is to get information to voters so they can make up their minds, that undecided portion of 15-percent or so of the electorate.”

All the candidates said they will be moving across the state as much as they can to swing more voters into their camps. 

Click to watch the full debate below. It is also available on our Facebook page.

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