Gubernatorial candidates say tough times are ahead

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The top two candidates for Alabama governor are expecting tough economic times to continue.
Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Ron Sparks were at an environmental conference at Samford University on Thursday.
FOX6 News asked both men their reaction to reports that Governor Riley has taken $124-million out of a rainy day fund to help the state's general fund budget.

"I think next year is going to be a difficult year. When we have times like this, we can look at areas we can save," stated Bentley.

"We need to tax gambling in this state," said Sparks. "We need to control it. We need it to educate our children and take care of our senior citizens."

Both Bentley and Sparks also commented on the Gulf Oil Spill. Sparks said he will stay in their BP's hip pocket until the gulf is clean. Bentley urged people to buy BP gas so they stay in business and pay for the cleanup.

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