CT Democratic Hopefuls for Gov Debate

They focus on economy

Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 10:01 PM EDT
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CT Democratic Hopefuls for Gov Debate

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The six Democratic candidates for governor are focusing on trimming state spending, boosting revenues  and job creation as they campaign to become Connecticut's next chief  executive officer.

The candidates met for their first live, televised debate Friday night and were unanimous that the next governor will need to craft
 solutions to budget deficits in the billions over the next few  years and a 9 percent unemployment rate.

Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont said the state has a spending problem it has to cure.

Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy added that Connecticut ``need a laser-like focus on job creation.''

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi called for the reintroduction of road tolls to help bridge the budget deficit.

Other candidates include Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, health care advocate Juan Figueroa and Waterbury Mayor Michael
 Jarjura.

They debated on NBC Connecticut.

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