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GOP candidates for Louisiana governor showing differences

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s two Republican candidates for governors have started to stake out differing positions.

Still, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone stopped short of offering much policy detail as they seek to unseat Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

Abraham and Rispone met Monday with business leaders and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in a Republican Governors Association event.

In questioning, the contenders drew some distinctions.

Abraham said he wouldn’t kick anyone off the Medicaid expansion rolls, but would seek ways to offer people better insurance options. Rispone said he’d try to “freeze” the expansion program, to keep from adding new people.

Asked about an industrial property tax break program, Abraham said he’d reverse Edwards’ decision to require local government buy-in on tax breaks. Rispone didn’t say if he’d undo that.