CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The political sparring began early in the Nevada gubernatorial debate between Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval, with Reid criticizing Sandoval for not having a budget plan and Sandoval calling Reid's proposals as unrealistic.
Tuesday night's debate televised from Great Basin College in Elko was the third between the two candidates.
Reid, the Democratic nominee, hammered Sandoval from his opening statement, holding up blank pieces of paper to symbolize his Republican opponent's lack of a budget proposal as Nevada faces a possible $3 billion shortfall, calling Sandoval's silence "shameful."
Sandoval fired back that Reid's plan "doesn't add up," and said the state needs to "reset" its baseline budget to 2007 levels of roughly $5.2 billion.
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