POINT CLEAR, Ala. (AP) - Eight candidates for governor of
Alabama have gotten together for an early candidates forum with the
election more than 15 months away and showed some areas of common agreement.

They also showed common disagreement with federal government
efforts to reform health care.

The Business Council of Alabama played host to the forum
Saturday at Marriott's Grand Hotel. Participants gave opening and
closing statement and answered a wide range of questions.

The Republican candidates are state Rep. Robert Bentley; Bradley
Byrne, former chancellor of the Alabama Community College System;
State Treasurer Kay Ivey; businessman Tim James; former state
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and former Alabama Department of Community Affairs Director Bill Johnson.

The Democratic candidates are Congressman Artur Davis and
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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