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Republican Bill Bryant talking with a supporter after the Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate.

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Republican Bill Bryant talking with a supporter after the Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate.

The third gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican Bill Bryant was Oct. 19 at the Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center. The moderators were C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News and Enrique Cerna of KCTS 9, both from Seattle. The debate’s foreword was provided by CBC president Richard Cummins.

This debate was a mess. Gov. Inslee stood with his arms draped over his podium, a look of cockiness smeared across his face. Bryant took the time to defend himself against every jab Gov. Inslee threw at him, resembling a barking chihuahua, never quite knowing when to stop his barking.

Whenever Bryant would counter his jabs, Gov. Inslee would just laugh them off or counter with an even more ridiculous statement. Regarding the quality of Yakima’s drinking water, Inslee responded to Bryant’s proposition by saying, “Bill’s just going to do it with magic from the DOT (Department of Transportation).”

Democrat and Governor Jay Inslee meeting with a voter after the Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate.

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Democrat and Governor Jay Inslee meeting with a voter after the Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate.

Both candidates were focused more on tearing down each other’s campaigns than the debate. Gov. Inslee would accuse the Bryant administration of this or that, and Bryant would say with a huff, “I have no idea what the governor…,” and carry on with his rebuttal.

Bryant also desperately tried to appeal to the majority Republican crowd.

“I know you really don’t like him that much,” Bryant said regarding Gov. Inslee.

Gov. Inslee countered, grinning as a man believing he has already won would.

“I love debates. I love taking the oath of office even more,” he said.

The candidates were also reminiscent of this year’s presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Clinton, as with Inslee, had been shown standing at her podium with a smug demeanor during this year’s three presidential debates. And Trump, similar to Bryant, has been seen frantically and hopelessly counterarguing almost every statement against his campaign by the opposition.

The Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate was nothing more than a show. Policies and strategies were lightly discussed, but the event was more about Gov. Inslee’s exasperated eye rolls and Bryant’s desperate need to clear up all hearsay.

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