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Q and A: Iowa Democratic candidates for Governor react to their debate performance

The five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for governor are shown before their Wednesday evening debate in Des Moines. They are (from left) John Norris, Fred Hubbell, Ross Wilburn, Cathy Glasson and Andy McGuire. The debate was sponsored by KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register. The primary is June 5, 2018. 

(photo taken May 30, 2018, by Rod Boshart/Des Moines Bureau)
The five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for governor are shown before their Wednesday evening debate in Des Moines. They are (from left) John Norris, Fred Hubbell, Ross Wilburn, Cathy Glasson and Andy McGuire. The debate was sponsored by KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register. The primary is June 5, 2018. (photo taken May 30, 2018, by Rod Boshart/Des Moines Bureau)

Cathy Glasson

(after the debate her supporters shouted Iowa needs a nurse)

Q: (Did you do what you needed to do to move the needle?)

A: Yeah, I think I did. We talked about the things we can do to generate new revenue and legalizing personal use marijuana was talked about tonight for the first time. I’m the only candidate talking about universal, single-payer health care which is disappointing because I keep hearing about reversing privatized Medicaid and mental health. That’s only one piece of the health care puzzle so I still challenge my Democratic opponents to step up and talk about single-payer health care whether they support it or not.

 

Q: (What needs to happen in the next five days for you to win?)

A: Getting all of our activists out on the doors, on the phones, I’ll be crisscrossing the state myself — there are really a lot of new voters involved in our campaign — getting them excited to make sure that they vote and get out en masse on June 5 and win this outright.

 

Fred Hubbell

Q: (Do you think you were able to close the deal tonight?)

A: I think all the candidates did a very good job.

 

Q: (What did you want to do to make your final sales pitch?)

A: I wanted to help the voters realize that I want to put people first in our state and I want to stop the shortsighted, wasteful giveaways and start investing in education, health care, training and infrastructure. That’s what people need, that’s what people want.

 

Q: (Are you surprised you didn’t get more barbs thrown at you as the front-runner?)

A: I think all of the candidates are realizing now that we need a Democrat who can win this general election and people are trying to bring us toward unity because that’s what we’re going to need. We need to be unified as a party.

 

Andy McGuire

Q: (Do you think you did what you needed to do to move the needle?)

A: I do. I think I talked to the people of Iowa and told them that with my expertise and my passion that I’m the best governor for Iowa.

 

Q: (What will it take in the next five days to win?)

A: I’m going to try to talk to every darn person in Iowa and we’ll see what I can do. We’re just going to keep talking and listening and we’re going to try to pull this thing over the line because I think it’s very fluid right now. I think it’s very close.

 

John Norris

I tried to tell Iowans what I’m about and what I’m for and there’s a big difference. Fred spent $6 million, he spent his life focusing on corporate profits and I’ve spent my life focusing on helping people. I didn’t want to go too direct at him and criticize his life and what he has spent his life doing but I think it’s important for Iowans to know. Do you want someone who spent their life working for people in public service or someone who in their retirement deciding to come out of that corporate world to make sure that we have that corporate influence in the government which I don’t think we need.

 

 

Ross Wilburn

Q: (Do you think you moved the needle?)

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A: We’ll find out on Tuesday. I spoke from the heart and tried to be myself and just talked from practical experience of actually serving in office and my work in some of these areas. But you never know when it comes down to it. The audience here is everyone’s campaigns but I’m going to continue getting out and talking about mental health care, talking about education, talking about human trafficking and making sure that this is a welcoming state.

 

Q: (How do you finish strong?)

A: Well, I’m still moving across the state. We put 2,200 miles on the car last week and we’re probably going to put about 2,500 or 2,700 here in the last week or so.

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