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Republicans running for Nebraska Governor face off in Norfolk

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Norfolk, NE (KTIV/US92) - From state tax reform, to same sex marriage, Republicans running for governor of Nebraska answered a wide range of questions during a debate, in Norfolk, Nebraska Wednesday night.

Six men are vying for the GOP nomination in next month's primary election.

In the spotlight on stage inside the Johnny Carson Theatre, they talked about their top priority if elected.

"Cutting taxes is the issue of our time," said Beau McCoy, (R) Candidate for Governor. "It's the future of our great state that's at stake here."

"The safety of our citizens, followed by an excellent education program, I've gone into that a little bit, about having marketable skills for every graduating senior," said Tom Carlson, (R) Candidate for Governor.

"Growing Nebraska," said Pete Ricketts, (R) Candidate for Governor. "How do we do that? We improve education, especially career and vocational education, help our young people get those jobs we have available out there right now."

"I believe that cutting taxes is the right thing to do," said Jon Bruning, (R) Candidate for Governor. "The reason is because it helps businesses grow, it helps families be successful. We have to reduce the tax burden."

"Job one is going to be to reform our Health and Human Services agency," said Mike Foley, (R) Candidate for Governor. "That's one-third of our state budget. "

"Number one issue that I'll focus on, and thanks for the question, is leadership," said Brian Slone, (R) Candidate for Governor. "The type of leadership to unify this state, I mean unify this state."

Nebraska's Republican primary is May 13.

The winner of that primary will face off against Chuck Hassebrook in the November general election.

He's the the lone Democrat running for governor.

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