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WATCH LIVE: Branstad, Hatch face off in first gov. debate now

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - You can have your pork tenderloins with a side of politics at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch are set to face off in their first debate. 

Branstad and Hatch will meet at 4 p.m. at the Iowa State Fair.  The debate is open to the public.  A recording of the debate will then air on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m.

Branstad's campaign says the five-time incumbent plans to talk about his success as governor and why he loves the state of Iowa.

Hatch plans to talk about education and health care. Hatch lags behind Branstad in the polls as well as fundraising.

This is the first of three scheduled debate in the race for Iowa governor.

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