Atlanta, GA (AP) - Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes squared off in a forum
on Wednesday hosted by business leaders at The Commerce Club.
Deal, a Republican, said he thought his tax proposal -- which
would eliminate the corporate income tax -- would help spur
Georgia's sluggish economy by attracting companies to the state.
Barnes, a Democrat, maintained that education and a skilled work
force are the keys to revitalizing the state's economy.
Deal and Barnes both said they expected voter turnout would be
low for the November general election.
At one point, Deal accused Barnes of running a negative campaign
and suggested he would not be able to match Barnes' fundraising
totals. Barnes quipped that Deal should ask for more money from the
Republican Governors Association, which is running television ads
in Georgia attacking Barnes.
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