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Attorney General Candidates Face-Off in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, AR-- Candidates for Attorney General faced off on several key issues Friday in Hot Springs.
HOT SPRINGS, AR-- Candidates for Attorney General faced off on several key issues Friday in Hot Springs.
Some of those issues included prison overcrowding and legalizing marijuana.

Libertarian, Aaron Cash, Democrat Nate Steel, and Republican Leslie Rutledge took questions on legalizing marijuana, which both Steel and Rutledge oppose.

When jail overcrowding and a parole crisis came up, Steel said he had warned about the problem, as a member of the legislature.

Meanwhile, Rutledge is all about standing up to the federal government.

"As Attorney General, I want to use the office to go after the federal government when necessary to protect Arkansans, says Rutledge. "So they can take out lines of credit and not have forced mandates on them by the affordable care act."

"We send six people to Congress to worry about federal politics," says Steel. " I don't think we need the Attorney General's office turning into the seventh. We have so many problems here at home."

Rutledge had cited the Hobby Lobby contraception case as one the Attorney General's Office wasn't a part of-- but that was important to Arkansans.

Steel countered that it was a private action case, where the A.G. would be better staying out of the fray.

The debates are part of the summer convention of the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.

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