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Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval Square Off in Debate

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LAS VEGAS -- Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval wasted little time throwing verbal punches at each other.

"No one knows how Brian Sandoval plans to do this job, because he's never done anything like it before, and he doesn't have a plan to do it now," Reid said.

"My opponent has spent $3 million lying about my record and hasn't spent a single dollar talking about his own," Sandoval replied.

The two candidates for governor squared off in a televised debate Thursday night. The debate covered many topics, but the economy dominated the discussion. At one point, the moderator asked Reid and Sandoval if they would support expanded or increased taxes on a list of items and industries. Neither candidate said he would.

When asked how each would fix the state's budget if elected, Reid said he would recreate government. Sandoval said he'll release specifics soon. "There are 26 departments in government," Reid said. "I believe we only need 16, and that's how we're going to balance the budget without taxes."

"You have to be straight with the people of Nevada," Sandoval said. "I will be happy to talk about my plan to balance the budget."

Education also came up. Reid and Sandoval both say they plan to overhaul the system and start holding teachers accountable for how students perform.

"I have a plan to transform Nevada schools and allow them to be creative and do whatever's in the interest of the child sitting in front of them. They're going to have more responsibility when they have that freedom, and they may lose their job if they don't do it well," Reid said.

"Were going to hold you accountable," Sandoval said. "If you show growth in your students, then you're going to be rewarded for that. You're going to receive merit pay."

The candidates' opinions differed on Arizona's tough, new immigration law aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. "I would talk with all the interested constituencies. I would speak with law enforcement, the Hispanic community and business community and see if such a law would work in the state of Nevada," Sandoval said.

"If different states do different things, then the problem will just move around the country and never be resolved," Reid said.

A recent poll showed Sandoval favored over Reid, 51% to 37%. Early voting starts next week.

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