Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman both spoke at the University of Arkansas Wednesday night, trying to appeal to younger voters.
"This is the Republican's epicenter in Arkansas... These young men and women are why I'm running... My vision for Arkansas is about a future economy in Arkansas that's vibrant and thriving, where these students who graduate from the University of Arkansas are going to have multiple opportunities to develop a career that will be satisfying and financially fulfilling for them," said Curtis Coleman, also a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
"Northwest Arkansas is a key in the Republican primary... This campaign is about the future. It's about job creation in the state and no one cares more about the future than those that are going to live it, our young people that are graduating from college, and the most important thing for them is that they're going to be able to get a job in their field that they work when they get out of college," said Asa Hutchinson, Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Both Coleman and Hutchinson are conservative Republicans, hoping their backgrounds earn them the Republican nomination.
"It's really about the vision for the state and the ability to create jobs, the experience that you've had in both the private sector as well as in private office," said Hutchinson.
"I'm an Arkansas businessman... We've just reached a place in Arkansas where we need a businessman running state government like a business," said Coleman.
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