Okla. AG candidates hold first forum

The three candidates for Oklahoma attorney general have expressed their goals for the office in the first political forum of the race.

Republicans Ryan Leonard and Scott Pruitt and Democrat Jim Priest spoke Wednesday at the Oklahoma City University School of
Law. They are vying to succeed Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who is stepping down after 16 years to seek the Democratic nomination
for governor.

Pruitt and Leonard say they are concerned about federal
intervention into state and personal rights. Leonard says a federal health care bill that requires citizens to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. Pruitt says he will create a federalism unit to push back against the federal government.

Priest says he is also concerned about creeping federalism but
wants to work cooperatively with the government.


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