Brown, Buehler spar in last debate

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Distinctions emerged between Oregon’s leading gubernatorial candidates in their final debate as the two clashed public pensions, immigration, the state’s housing crisis and several other hot-button issues.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Rep. Knute Buehler on Tuesday sought to make the case a Republican can lead a distinctly Democratic state, declaring flatly he would approve no new restrictions on reproductive rights as governor. He accused Democratic Gov. Kate Brown of being ineffectual during her long stint in state government, noting that Oregon school districts are cutting teaching positions despite record revenue.

For her part, Brown sought to undercut Buehler’s credibility – attacking his positions on the environment, school spending and for courting the vote of abortion opponents before he became the Republican gubernatorial nominee.