Gov. Kim Reynolds and Fred Hubbell discuss immigration and taxes during final gubernatorial debate

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCRG) - The two major candidates running for Iowa governor got in one final debate to try and win over undecided voters.

Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell met for their third debate in 11 days this past Sunday in Davenport.

During the 8 a.m. debate, they both addressed several key issues including Iowa's fetal heartbeat bill, immigration, health care, mental health, school safety, and the future of the IPERS for public workers.

However, one of the most heated discussions came from Iowa's current tax policy.

Reynolds defended a plan she approved earlier this year for a massive tax cut in Iowa.

It would cut the state's revenue by about $2 billion over the next six years.

The governor argued the cuts play a role in what she calls a growing economy and an increase in wages.

Raynolds also challenged Hubbell's position on the tax cuts saying, "I cut taxes. Fred, on the other hand, wants to raise taxes on hardworking Iowans, families and small businesses. I don't think that's the direction we should go. I believe that we should reduce taxes and provide a smaller government and he wants to do the opposite."

Hubbell responded to Reynolds by focusing on the impact the tax cuts she proposed would have on the middle class.

He says Reynolds' plan puts all the money into the hands of big corporations and the wealthy.

The discussion on immigration reform came up fairly early in the debate as it centered around the recent death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts and the undocumented immigrant accused of killing her.

Governor Reynolds said the immigration issue that sparked up over Tibbett's death was not fueled by politics and she has been pushing for Congress to bring both parties together for better immigration reform.

Reynolds called the current system broken and outdated, citing the death of Mollie Tibbetts as an example of why it is so needed.

Hubbell says he believes Tibbetts' death became a political issue for Republicans.

"I think the Governor's statement was completely political. In fact, that's what the Mollie Tibbetts family said," Hubbell said.

He called for more funding for public safety.

"This governor's been cutting the public safety budget for the last two years $11 million. If you really want to make people safe let's focus on public safety. Let's listen to our public safety officers," said Hubbell.

Reynolds rebutted saying, "This isn't about politics this is about policy and I've been consistent on this as Lieutenant Governor and as Governor."

Both were asked if they would support the president's desire to have the National Guard at the country's southern border.

Reynolds said that it would depend on the circumstance and she supports legal immigration.

Hubbell said he would only use the National Guard for a major threat, but not for what he sees as political reasons.

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You can watch the full debate below.