GOP candidates for Ga. gov debate health care

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Updated: Sun, 18 May 2014 03:15:16 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Two candidates in the Republican primary for governor disagreed Saturday on a health insurance overhaul and government spending.

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and Schools Superintendent John Barge participated Saturday in a debate hosted by WSB-TV ahead of Tuesday's primary election. It will air Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Notably absent was Gov. Nathan Deal, who spent part of the day hosting a campaign fundraiser.

Barge suggested that a compromise could be found with the Democratic presidential administration on expanding the Medicaid program in Georgia to cover more low-income residents who lack health insurance. Pennington said only an expanding economy that increases the number of jobs with health insurance would fix the problem.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate Jason Carter in the general election.

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