By GasserOnline Correspondent, TIM COLWELL
It has been a long-time Rotary Club of Tulsa tradition to host a debate among candidates for major statewide office. In a recent pre-election Wednesday meeting, a packed house welcomed gubernatorial candidates Mary Fallin and Jari Askins.
The debate, which was moderated by Past-President John O’Connor, included the candidates sharing how they plan to vote on the 11 state questions that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. Republican Fallin and Democrat Askins answered mostly the same, with the exception of voters required to present photo IDs at the polls – Fallin is in favor, Askins is not. Fallin was also undecided on two questions Askins opposed.
After answering the state questions, the candidates were asked for their views on illegal immigration, education reform and other issues. Observers noted the lack of rancor between the two, in fact it appeared that the two genuinely enjoy each other’s friendship.
Extra tables were set-up to accommodate the 330 in attendance. Honorary Rotarian Mayor Dewey Bartlett was there, as were various other local and state elected officials. The debate – only the second for the candidates – was covered by all Tulsa media. For Tulsa World’s front page coverage, click here.
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