The Democratic candidate debate turned into more of a forum for the crowded candidate field Thursday night.
After the debate, the candidates but one came out to answer questions on how the debate went except for one, Tony Evers, the state superintendent of schools.
“We agree so much on 90 percent of the issues,” said Paul Soglin, mayor of Madison.
“Eight candidates, eight good people running for office,” said former State Rep. Kelda Roys.
Some candidates choose their backgrounds as a way to set themselves apart like Kathleen Vinehout. The Wisconsin State Senator is pushing she is the rural candidate who has won in a traditionally red district.
“I’m the only person that isn’t from the suburbs or the city of Madison or Milwaukee,” said Vinehout.
Others like Matt Flynn and Mahlon Mitchell stood behind their service.
Flynn is a Navy veteran and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Mitchell is a firefighter and serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.
Everyone claims they have what’s needed to defeat Gov. Scott Walker.
“When you look at the coalition we’ve built we’ve had folks that have endorsed and are supporting us that endorsed Scott Walker the last three times,” said Mitchell.
But all the candidates except for Mike McCabe said they would support whoever is the Democratic nominee for governor.
“It’s because people have had it up to here with partisan gridlock and with party being put ahead of everything,” said McCabe.