NC5 Political Analyst Reacts To 1st Gubernatorial Debate

Posted at 10:25 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 23:45:25-04

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee businessman Bill Lee faced off in their first gubernatorial debate in Memphis.

The pair answered questions on issues ranging from of education to guns but their differences appeared no more apparent than on healthcare.

After watching, NewsChannel 5 political analyst Pat Nolan says it was far more tame compared to the Senate showdown in Nashville between Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn.

"This, I felt, was more like a discussion about policy issues and therefore was perhaps more informative to people so they could learn about the candidates," said Nolan. "That, I thought, to some degree, was missing in the rhetoric that came out of the debate when the Senate candidates did it a couple days ago."

RealClear Politics says the race a likely win for the Republican Party giving Bill Lee a more than 13-point spread so far.

"This basically was not something that is going to help Karl Dean narrow the race up," said Nolan.