Republicans candidates take their last jabs in televised debate

WTNH debate with Tom Foley and John McKinney. The debate was moderated by Mark Davis and Susan Haigh. (Christine Stuart photo)
WTNH debate with Tom Foley and John McKinney. The debate was moderated by Mark Davis and Susan Haigh. (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Would he have supported a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines? That was one of the questions Republican Tom Foley wouldn’t definitively answer during the last televised debate before the Republican gubernatorial primary against Sen. John McKinney.

McKinney, who represents Newtown in the state Senate, voted in favor of the legislation which cost him the endorsement of Second Amendment groups. On Sunday morning he defended his vote during a WTNH debate and questioned Foley about what he would have supported after Foley accused him of endorsing restrictions that infringe on the rights of law abiding gun owners.

“One of the things that is frustrating is the fact that Tom you talked about how the bill would have been different and the restrictions went too far, but you still won’t say whether you would support a ban on assault weapons or [if] you would support a ban on large capacity magazines,” McKinney said. “. . . I know we may disagree and I respect those disagreements, but I think we need to be specific about the answers we give people.”

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5 responses to “Republicans candidates take their last jabs in televised debate”

  1. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

    Sorry to break from the current topic, but I’d like to know more about the gigantic fight early this morning near 50 Washington St in SONO.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @POM Mow

      I think you mean early yesterday. We do not typically cover cops stories because, well, there are only two of us, and we spend all our time on our stated mission of covering the government, not the bad guys, plus moderating comments and making sure we don;t devolve like some other sites into a name-calling, vulgar, trash-talking sewer.

      That said… We will be looking into the incident in the context of our mission. Expect something within a few days.

  2. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow


  3. John Hamlin

    As a Democrat disillusioned with the current governor, I watched the debate — it’s pretty clear that the only one of the two that would have a chance of beating Malloy is McKinney. Foley was lackluster and did not have the command of the details of state government. I can see Malloy pounding him in debates. (Also — Foley has already announced his intention not to take on the public employee unions, so why bother electing him — nothing will change.) Foley seems indefinite about what he would do if elected. If the Republicans go with Foley, Malloy has a better chance of being reelected. McKinney seems like he could give Malloy a run for his money.

  4. Pibermanfmc

    The really important race is retaining the Democratic super majority in the Legislature. Hint. They’ve won. Imagine what 4 more years of Democratic leadership will do for CT. Everyone will envy us for our capable gov’t, jobs creation and becoming the most admired state in America.
    All aboard !

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