Barbour-Eaves Debate in Starkville

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Though asked to remain silent, the audience could be heard laughing through the many personal attacks launched during the second formal debate for Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, and Democrat John Arthur Eaves Thursday night.

The debate was held on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, and televised statewide by Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

The topics covered health care and personal finance.

"I dare you to dream of what Mississippi can be and a new day where we don't kick our parents off of Medicaid, where our children don't go uninsured, and where big insurance and big tobacco don't decide our health care policies," said Eaves.

"When I was elected governor, we had a health care crisis until we passed tort reform. Don't take my word for it. Ask your doctor," Barbour said.

Barbour was asked why he gave conflicting information to an Associated Press reporter about his personal finances related to his former lobbying firm.
He said he did not give conflicting information.

"When I told Emily Wagster Jan. 15, 2004, that I owned no stock in Barbour, Griffith, Rogers, I owned no stock in Barbour, Griffith, Rogers, at least as of Jan. 13," said Barbour.

"It wouldn't be a problem if we didn't know that twice he vetoed the tobacco- grocery swap and his firm, Barbour, Griffith, Rogers, receives millions from big tobacco companies," said Eaves.

Eaves has filed a suit against tobacco companies. He said in published interview that he sued on behalf of the Ukraine but that the case is held up in the appeals process. Eaves has received money from labor unions and other lawyers.

Mississippians will decide their choice for governor on Nov. 6.

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  • by Bill Carrothers Location: Amory MS on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    This is a pretty lame review of the debate. I watched it all and felt embarrassed for Eaves. He came across as a spoiled kid. I guess someone had to carry the water for Mississippi Democrats and Eaves drew the short end of the stick. This race is no contest.
  • by Charles Location: Mississippi on Oct 6, 2007 at 11:40 AM
    Where is Eaves going to get the money to fund healthcare for every child in MS? Increasing the cigarette tax will not bring in enough money. Also, where is he going to get the money for the cities in MS to replace sales tax revenue tha is lost when he does away with the grocery tax? He has big plans, that sound good, but no good explanation on how all this is to be funded with out a big tax increase, which we don't need!
  • by Mike Sawyer Location: Birmingham, Alabama on Oct 5, 2007 at 05:09 PM
    Governor Barbour has tobacco in his DNA. Isn't he pro-life? Wiht compassion, Mike Sawyer
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