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Debate Summary: Kate Brown Will Move Oregon Forward, Republican Knute Buehler Cannot Be Trusted to Tell Oregonians the Truth

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 23:34

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After three general election debates, the contrast in Oregon’s gubernatorial election could not be clearer.

In tonight’s final debate on KGW, Governor Kate Brown pledged to continue bringing together Republicans and Democrats to tackle Oregon’s most pressing problems.

Knute Buehler, on the other hand, continued to run from his record of voting with his fellow Republicans in the legislature and failed to present a coherent vision for Oregon’s future.

In one of tonight’s key moments, Governor Kate Brown laid out why voters simply can’t trust Knute Buehler when it comes to protecting women’s reproductive rights in the era of President Donald Trump and with the newest addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh:

“With what’s happening at the national level, it is critically important that women across the state have a true pro-choice champion, and I am that champion. I led the way to make sure that every single woman in this state -- regardless of their income, regardless of their immigration status, and regardless of their zip code -- has access to reproductive health care. This is one of those things where Representative Buehler tells some voters one thing, and other voters another. Unfortunately, that game won’t work tonight because the whole state is watching. Not only did he vote no on the women’s Reproductive Health Equity Act, which ensures women have access to reproductive health care -- he sought the Right to Life endorsement when he was running for the legislature.”

“Tonight Knute Buehler proved yet again that he is full of baseless attacks, but no real solutions,” said Christian Gaston, the Brown campaign’s communications director. “Oregonians simply can’t trust Republican Knute Buehler to be straightforward with them -- he will say pretty much anything in his quest to win their votes. Governor Kate Brown has a track record of bringing people together to solve the big issues facing our state, and a clear vision to keep moving Oregon forward.”