GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Get Fiery in Debate
On the issue of gun control, none of the three candidates pushed increasing measures. All three agreed to increasing security at schools.
Mango and Wagner got into several heated exchanges during the debate, including over the issue of bathrooms.
Mango said Wagner supported a bill that would allow transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, accusing Wagner of being a liberal.
“He is not keeping our kids safe and secure. He’s a dangerous, ineffective liberal insider just as Tom Wolf is,” Mango said according to State House Sound Bites.
Wagner’s response echoed President Donald Trump’s attacks in 2016, “This is the best time to call him lying Paul” according to the Patriot News.
Ellsworth avoided getting into the back and forth, saying she supports expanding workplace anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The two candidates got into it over their success as business people as well.
According to State House Sound Bites, Wagner said he was the more successful businessman because he hands out 600 paychecks, and said Mango cut jobs through his former firm McKinsey and Company. Mango responded that his company it “10 times the size of Penn Waste.”