Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum

Apr 8, 2014

The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell, Todd Giroux, and Angel Taveras.
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Candidates Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, and Angel Taveras embraced the importance of supporting early childhood education, fighting economic inequality, and promoting affordable healthcare. Most of the quartet was vague when asked how they’d pay to keep Obamacare operating in Rhode Island. Raimondo said the healthcare exchange is vital, but might need some tweaks to save money.

"The question of how to pay for it is the question. That is clearly the question, and here’s what I would say. We have to find a way to pay for it," said Raimondo.

Taveras and Pell each say they’d make funding Rhode Island’s healthcare exchange a priority, and Pell praised President Obama for fighting for the program. Giroux offered the biggest contrast with his answer. He says he’d fund Rhode Island’s version of Obamacare by not paying back bondholders for the failed video game company 38 Studios.

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