The final debate for West Virginia Governor was cordial at times, with the candidates agreeing that teachers need raises; that coal is still a viable industry; and, they both condemned Donald Trump comments about women.
But they sharply disagreed on whether Democrats or Republicans are responsible for the states 350 million dollar budget deficit.
“Why in the world can a man who’s had the reigns for two years, and absolutely controlled the House and the Senate, and they couldn’t pass a budget,” said Jim Justice, (D) Nominee for WV Governor.
“It’s amazing to me that in two years of leadership, that we’ve somehow screwed up what your party has brought this state in 83 years. It just never ceases to amaze me,” said State Sen. Bill Cole, (R) Nominee for WV Governor.
Perhaps the sharpest words of the night were over Friday’s NPR investigation that shows Justice’s companies owe 15 million dollars in fines and back taxes.
“It’s a history of unpaid fines; unpaid taxes; unpaid creditors; and listen, I just don’t think that’s who we need leading West Virginia,” said Bill Cole.
Justice says, the bills will be paid.
“There’s payment plans all over the place, and everything. There’s taxes being paid every day. It was written in a way to make it look like I was a bad guy,” Justice said.
Justice says he will not vote in the Presidential race; Cole says he will vote for Trump.
Election Day is November 8th. Early voting in West Virginia begins, October 26