Reeves and Waller talk change in GOP runoff debate

Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Jr. debated Wednesday night. This comes less than a week before the GOP runoff.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 10:09 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 10:28 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Bill Waller, focused on Medicaid, roads and the economy in Wednesday night's GOP runoff debate.

First on the topics of conversation was Medicaid:

"I'm opposed to Obamacare expansion," Reeves said. "I'm actually the only person running for governor who is against it. I do not believe that putting 300,000 more people in Mississippi on public health care is a good idea."

"It would be a billion dollars a year to our 115 hospitals at no taxpayer expense,” Waller said. “The track record is there, the need is there. We cannot be closing hospitals."

Other topics included a gas tax which would help with road and bridge repair.

"We need to have something where everyone pays for it: the unemployed, the drug dealers, the out-of-state motorists, that's the Ronald Reagan plan," Waller said.

Reeves said he's the only gubernatorial candidate who is opposed to raising the gas tax. 

“Both Judge Waller and Attorney General Jim Hood are for the gas tax."

The GOP runoff will take place on Aug. 27.

Whichever candidate wins will face Hood in the general election in November. 

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