With less than four weeks until Mississippi elects a new governor, Democrat Johnny DuPree and Republican Phil Bryant appear to be sticking to plans to keep the race civil.
The two faced each other Friday in what is likely their only debate before the Nov. 8 election, and though they showed slight differences on some issues, each appeared to have mostly positive things to say about his opponent.
“This is the way we want to change politics in Mississippi,” said DuPree, who is in his third term as mayor of Hattiesburg. “You want to talk about the issues, not each other.”
Bryant, who is in his first term as lieutenant governor, said he hopes people will look back on the election and remember, “They talked about issues and ideas” rather than personal attacks.