Mississippi GOP, Dem leaders say they want civility

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The leaders of Mississippi’s two major political parties say they want to compete in a civil manner, even as they draw distinctions between what Democrats and Republicans believe.

State Republican chairman Joe Nosef and state Democratic chairman Rickey Cole say they won’t hesitate to point out philosophical differences about the role government should play in people’s lives.

Nosef says Gov. Phil Bryant and other top Republicans oppose expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s federal health overhaul.

Cole says expanding Medicaid would be a good way to help people who skip regular medical exams because they can’t afford insurance.

The chairmen spoke Monday at a forum sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government.