Lt. Governor Hopefuls Also Debate, in Little Rock

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In their first debate, Democrat Bill Halter and Republican Jim Holt disagreed on most issues, but concurred that marriage should be between a man and woman and that the state shouldn't allow gays to be foster parents.

The candidates for lieutenant governor debated last night in front of about 100 people at the University of Arkansas Clinton School for Public Service.  Don Elkins of Fayetteville served as moderator.

Halter and Holt clashed on illegal immigration, prekindergarten classes in public schools and the state's minimum wage.

Holt argued that businesses that hire higher-skilled workers don't come to Arkansas because of the state's high taxes.

Halter criticized Holt for being the only state senator to vote against a minimum wage increase that was approved during an April special legislative session.

Halter, a former Clinton administration official and Holt, a state senator for Springdale, are scheduled to debate again in October.  The debate will be aired October 12 on the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network.

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