GOP governor debate
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett squared off with Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt Tuesday, Aug. 8, for a televised debate. (Mike Allen)

I wanted answers, you wanted answers. What we got were … confusing statements. I should probably expect this sort of thing from an Oklahoma GOP governor debate for the Aug. 28 runoff, but from the way Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt have presented themselves during their campaigns, I think everyone was a little baffled by their answers to seemingly easy questions.

It’s a missed opportunity, too. I look at a runoff election in the same way I look at overtime in sports: the more aggressive team usually wins. The more aggressive candidate in this debate could have really set himself apart, leaving a lasting, confident impression on voters. Instead, we were stuck with two teams who wanted to run up the middle on third down and kick a field goals.

— Mike Allen

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