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Democratic gubernatorial candidates have final debate


Seven Democrats running for the chance to challenge Governor Scott Walker made one last pitch to voters before the primary election. 

Firefighter Union President, Mahlon Mitchell told organizers a day before that he would not be at the forum. 

State Superintendent Tony Evers, mayor of Madison Paul Solgin, state Senator Kathleen Vinehout,  former state representative Kelda Roys, a Kenosha attorney Josh Pade, and longtime government watchdog Mike McCabe taking part in Wednesday's debate in Madison. 

Recent polls indicate State Superintendent Tony Evers is the front runner for the Democrats.  Wednesday, he was asked his position on gun control. 

"I would support a ban on assault weapons. We need to start with something everyone can agree on, and that's where we should start, universal background checks," Evers said. 

During the debate, each candidate was asked what the worst thing Governor Walker has done: 

"When he said I'm the education governor," Evers said. 

"His decision to go into politics in the first place," Flynn said.

"His desire to divide and conquer people and pit one population over the other." McCabe said. 

"His selling out of Wisconsin interests to the Koch brothers and the Koch industry and putting needs of corporations ahead of the needs of the people," Pade said. 

"His best and worst was to run for president, because it showed us that he never cared about us, he always put himself first, and showing what a terrible leader he is," Roys said. 

"Thinking he could submit a budget in the best interest of the people of this state," Solgin said. 

"The combination of Act 10 and his first budget,"  Vinehout said. 

Walker is seeking a third term and no one is challenging him in Tuesday's primary. 

Other topics discussed in the final debate were education, natural resources, and the prison system. 

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