Sun., October 3, 2010 9:28pm (EDT)

Students Question Gubernatorial Candidates
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
Students were encouraged to register to vote before the debate at GPB. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)
Students were encouraged to register to vote before the debate at GPB. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)
In their first televised debate on GPB last night Georgia’s three gubernatorial candidates faced a group of students. While answering mostly questions about education Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes continued their attacks on each other.

The Debate was organized by Georgia Tech and several other universities around the state. Students wanted to know about the future of the hope scholarship or how to fix the high school dropout rate.

Answering a question about how he’d handle state finances, Nathan Deal accused Roy Barnes of promising too much out of the shrinking state budget.

“I think that we see a candidate promising $2 billion dollars of additional spending I just not responsible. I think we have to make due with the money we have make it do the furthest it can go and be able we get the results that all of us want," Deal said.

In a rebuttal Barnes took a stab at Deal’s personal financial troubles.

“I don’t know where you getting $2 billion dollars. I totaled it up and I be quite frank with you, I don’t trust your adding in financial matters right now," Barnes said.

While Roy Barnes continued to point out Deals financial issues, Deal tried to tie Roy Barnes to President Obama by asking him whether he’d vote for the president again. Barnes said it depends on who else would be running. Libertarian John Monds also participated in the debate.