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Forum held for Democratic attorney general candidates in Madison
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:01 AM EDT
Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:02 AM EDT
By Amber Noggle
MADISON (WKOW) -- The race to be Wisconsin's next Attorney General came to Madison Tuesday.
The Democratic Party of Dane County hosted a forum for the three democratic candidates at the Goodman Community Center.
District attorneys Ismael Ozanne and Susan Happ, and State Assemblyman Jon Richards all said they would not defend the state's Voter ID law.
Ozanne said, "I don't believe we should ever put more hurdles in front of people trying to exercise their most essential write to vote."
Richards agreed. "I don't believe that is in keeping with Wisconsin's great traditions of voter access and the great traditions that we have of some of the highest voter turnout in the country."
Happ said, "It's not about voter identification fraud. This is about voter suppression. And our Attorney General does not get to use the constitution as a means to an end."
The candidates did try to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win.
Happ says she's proven she can attract votes from Democrats, Republicans and independents, which would help in the November general election.
Ozanne says he has more years of experience as a prosecutor, and Richards says he has the strongest statewide grassroots organization.
The winner of the Democratic Primary will face republican Brad Schimel in the November election.
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