Hopefuls toss barbs at Georgia governor debate

Deal's finances, Barnes' legal work are targets during forum

ATLANTA --- Georgia's candidates for governor battled hard Sunday in a student-sponsored debate that touched on education, jobs and transportation.


In their first televised debate, Republican Nathan Deal, Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds threw numerous verbal body blows in a forum sponsored by the student government groups from five Georgia universities.

Barnes attacked Deal over questions that emerged from a loan Deal made to his daughter and son-in-law to start a business that failed.

"I have demanded you disclose your financial statements," Barnes said. "You have repeatedly amended them. You have repeatedly said you left off."

Barnes said that when casting their votes, people should look at it as a business decision.

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