Gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox shares stance on hot topic issues

Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 at 8:42 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Highly contested races are coming up in November, and in the gubernatorial race, one question is in the air: Will Gov. Kay Ivey debate her opponent, Walt Maddox?

Ivey said there are only two people who bring up the subject of debate.

"Y'all in the media and my opponent," she said.

When asked if she would debate, Ivey said her opponent, Walt Maddox, is all over the map.

"He can't figure out where he stands on any important issues like the Supreme Court or abortion or even gun rights," said Ivey. "When he finishes debating himself, we can talk. He needs to be honest with himself and the people of Alabama on where he stands."

So WSFA asked where Walt Maddox stands.

"I am pro-life, but I certainly believe that we have to have exemptions for the health of the mother, or in cases like incest or rape," Maddox said.

He also said he is pro-second amendment, but wants certain regulations.

"I don't think you should be able to purchase a semi-automatic weapon until you're 21 years old and I certainly believe that if you're mentally unstable you, shouldn't be able to purchase an assault rifle," he said.

The governor's campaign has said that Maddox does not support gun rights. They pointed out that as the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Maddox banned city employees from bringing their gun on any city-owned property. Here's Maddox response:

"I know that if I go to the governor's office today, I doubt they're going to let me bring in a side arm," he said. "It's just very hypocritical, because she herself requires the very same policy."

WSFA reached out to the campaign Tuesday morning. They said the governor was not available for an on-camera interview. However they provided this full statement below:

"Walt Maddox should stop making excuses for his failed liberal record. The facts are clear: Governor Ivey is an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, Walt Maddox isn't. Governor Ivey has a strong record of protecting innocent life, Walt Maddox doesn't. With record jobs being created, Alabamians support Kay Ivey because she shares their values and is focused on preparing our students today for the jobs of tomorrow." - Campaign spokesperson

The general election is Nov. 6.

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