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Haley, Sheheen talk jobs, budget in debate; Pair squares off again tonight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democrat Vincent Sheheen says the state must invest more in early childhood education as the economy improves, while Republican Nikki Haley says South Carolina must ask businesses and faith-based groups to do more.

The gubernatorial candidates sparred Monday on jobs, the state's budget gap, and unemployment. The live debate on South Carolina Educational Television was their second of three debates.

Sheheen says his top goal would be to bring jobs to the state, and his first order of business would be appointing a top-notch commerce secretary to help make that happen.

Haley says she would first develop a 10-year plan for South Carolina that would include comprehensive tax reform.

Sheheen said Monday the state must invest more in colleges and early childhood education as the economy improves.

Haley said the state must ask businesses and faith-based groups to do more, from providing preschool to stocking public libraries.

Both say they hope to overhaul the state's tax system. Sheheen says he's the only candidate to have offered legislation to do that. Haley pointed out Sheheen's bill was not approved by lawmakers.

Sheheen and Haley meet in the final debate before South Carolina voters decide who will be the next governor. The third debate of the campaign is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Francis Marion University in Florence.

The debate comes just one day after the second debate, broadcast statewide by South Carolina Educational Television.

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