- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Kate Brown told her Republican challenger Bud Pierce in their third debate that she appreciated his apology for domestic violence remarks he made last week that caused an upheaval in his campaign.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/EPdk2p) in the debate in Eugene Thursday, Pierce took “full responsibility and ownership” for saying successful women aren’t as susceptible to domestic abuse as those on lower economic rungs.

The comment came after Brown revealed she was domestic violence victim.

On education, Pierce critiqued Brown, saying Oregon’s schools slipped in national rankings while she was in the statehouse.

Brown said a proposed major tax increase on corporations would help reduce class sizes and pay for an Oregon Health Plan expansion.

Independent Party of Oregon candidate Cliff Thomason also joined the debate, advocating for high school students to get GED certificates after 10th grade.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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