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Indiana gubernatorial candidates take debate stage for final time

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John Gregg John Gregg
Eric Holcomb Eric Holcomb
Rex Bell Rex Bell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tuesday was the last chance for Indiana voters to see Republican Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Democratic former House speaker John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell share the same stage. 

This time the debate was at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.  

They were asked what should be done about the fact that Indiana has among the worst rates of obesity and overall health in the country, while also being about the worst in public health funding.

"Whenever we have a company coming in with jobs, and they're wanting to keep a healthy workforce, they are invested in that type of a situation," Bell said. "And that's what we need to work for ... other than government protecting us from somebody forcing something on us."

"We know there is an adverse connection between smoking and obesity," Holcomb said. "I would encourage folks to take advantage of the 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  There are all kinds of resources available at our FSSA ... our Family and Social Services Agency."

"Our case workers are supposed to be dealing with just 12 cases, but in reality, they're dealing with up in the 20s and higher," Gregg said. "And adult protective service persons are dealing with over 200-300. This is no way to take care of a population."

The questions then turned to more hot button issues, like Sunday alcohol sales. Holcomb was the only one opposed to the idea.

"I've always maintained that's anything that's legal on Saturday should be legal on Sunday," Bell said.

"I think this doesn't put an undue burden on folks who need to have a drink on a Sunday," Holcomb said. "I think they can plan six days prior."

"I think if the legislature sent me a bill to allow Sunday sales, I would very likely sign it," Gregg said.

And on allowing medical marijuana, Holcomb once again was the only hold out.

"If only medical marijuana would suffice, then I'd entertain that as an option," Holcomb said. "But right now, in the world that we're living in, expanding or legalizing drugs of this nature isn't on my list."

"If it would be a benefit to a patient, they should be allowed to use it," Gregg said.

"Indiana's going to do it," Bell said. "I don't know exactly when, but eventually, we're going to allow it."

Recent polls have shown Gregg, who lost to Gov. Mike Pence by less than a three percent margin in 2012, with a slight lead over Eric Holcomb.

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