McKenna Inslee spar in first debate in governors campaign

first_imgSPOKANE — Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee offered predictable partisan answers but displayed little fire on Tuesday in the first debate of the 2012 race for governor in Washington, a desultory affair in which neither candidate come out a clear winner.McKenna, the state attorney general, spent much of the debate complaining that Inslee was not answering the questions. Inslee, a former congressman from the Seattle area, often avoided offering specific proposals.“The congressman has never met a regulation he couldn’t like or which couldn’t be stricter,” McKenna said at one point.“The Romney-McKenna view of life is that the reason we have (the housing crisis) is because of homeowners and not Wall Street,” Inslee said, tying his opponent to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.Without a dominant issue dividing the campaigns, the candidates mostly broke down along ideological lines. They did agree on the need to spend more money on higher education.Inslee highlighted his calls for getting more Washingtonians into the workplace in his opening statements, saying government assistance would help Washington companies innovate and grow the economy out of recession.last_img

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