Opponents jab Bryant in Miss. governor's debate

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic and Republican opponents in the Mississippi governor's race are taking verbal jabs at the man who has raised the most money in the contest, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

Two Democrats and five Republicans took part in a two-hour televised forum Thursday night from the Mississippi College School of Law.

Republican Dave Dennis criticized Bryant's attempt to lure the Miss America pageant to Mississippi - a move Dennis said would be a financial benefit to 1 of Bryant's top campaign contributors.

Democrat Bill Luckett called Bryant a "career politician" and said the lieutenant governor has not helped pull Mississippi off the bottom of national health and education rankings.

Bryant says he has helped balance the state budget and create jobs.

Party primaries are Aug. 2.

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