Former governor John Kitzhaber and former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury talked up their progressive credentials during a debate sponsored by the Multnomah County Democrats.
The two fielded questions on everything from health care to the environment. Bradbury repeated his proposal to scale back state tax breaks by five percent in order to raise $2 billion in education funding.
That promise helped win him the endorsement of the state's largest teachers union. But Kitzhaber dismissed Bradbury's plan as unrealistic. “I just don't think there's a bunch of low-hanging fruit in the tax expenditures. If there were, the legislature would have grabbed it," he said.
Kitzhaber is well ahead of Bradbury in fundraising.
But he's far short of the overall money leader in the race, Republican Chris Dudley. Dudley faces John Lim and Allen Alley in the GOP primary.