Lieutenant Governor hopefuls debate on Nevada Newsmakers

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Updated: 5/13/2014 11:18 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- What could be the final debate between Lieutenant Governor hopefuls Sue Lowden and Mark Hutchison hit some hot topics on Tuesday.

The two Republicans debated on Tuesday's episode of Nevada Newsmakers.

Republicans Sue Lowden and State Senator Mark Mutchison took to the table, answering questions presented by Nevada Newsmakers Host Sam Shad.

The first subject was going beyond medical by legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

"I do not see where there is any redeeming factors, social redeeming factors for our state to have recreational marijuana," said Lowden.

"I think it will be detrimental to our city and to our state," agreed Hutchison.

The tranquility ended there, however. The Silver State Health Exchange talks centered around Senator Hutchison's role in the 20-13 state Legislative Session. Lowden accused her opponent of voting "liberal", in support of Obamacare.

The Nevada Senator said he simply voted for in-state management of a system he fought against in the first place. "Every single republican agreed that we outta give businesses who have to comply with the ACA a tax break. That is not supporting Obamacare, that's giving businesses an opportunity to survive who have to live with Obamacare."

Hutchinson backed having the Silver State Health Exchange run from within, rather than the U.S. Government taking the reins. "You did implement the navigators and the facilitators, you did give us the largest expansion of Medicaid in the history of Nevada," pushed Lowden. "Are you proud of those votes, are you happy about that?"

"It is unfortunate that my opponent would rather have the federal government come in and do that rather than support the Governor and support the Republicans who voted in favor of that," replied Hutchison.

"And it is a shame you have to keep using the Governor's name as a crutch," Lowden fired back. "You're running on your own here."

Both Lowden and Hutchison said they will do their best to allocate state highway funding for both rural and urban roads, if elected.
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