Democratic candidates clash over leadership style

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A debate among the four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor became lively when they contrasted their leadership styles, and the presumed front runner and businessman Tom Wolf pushed back on attacks.

Thursday’s 90-minute debate at Franklin and Marshall College also revealed that all four candidates support either a moratorium or an end to the death penalty.

The event featured a sharp exchange when Wolf responded to assertions by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, accusing her of wielding “attack politics” that leads to government dysfunction.

For her part, Schwartz defended her tough campaign rhetoric about Harrisburg as holding people in government to a higher standard, not an obstacle to cooperation. State Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty tried to stress their work in government with Republicans.

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