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Justice or Cole, Who Won the WV Governor Debate?


The two leading candidates for governor attacked each other over unpaid bills and Donald Trump at the last major party debate. Who won, and will it matter?

On this episode of the Front Porch, Scott, Laurie, and Rick discuss this week’s final debate between West Virginia gubernatorial candidates Jim Justice and Bill Cole.

They dissect a wide variety of issues, ranging from declining state revenues to the candidates’ own personal sartorial styles.

Also covered is the recently released audio of Donald Trump, and the effect it will have not only on the presidential election, but on the future of the Republican Party as well.

The Front Porch” is a place where we tackle the tough issues facing West Virginia and Appalachia with some of the region’s most interesting thinkers.

WVPB Executive Director Scott Finn serves as host and provocateur, joined by Laurie Lin, a conservative lawyer and columnist, and Rick Wilson, a liberal columnist and avid goat herder who works for the American Friends Service Committee .

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