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VIDEO: A liberal and a libertarian debate income inequality

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When it comes to income inequality in the U.S., Nick Estes says “government is the only solution” while Paul Gessing says “it’s not inequality, it’s about poverty.”

Estes’ political yin squared off against Gessing’s political yang in Albuquerque Wednesday evening (June 12) in a debate about the best solutions to help those falling behind economically.

About 50 people were on hand to listen to Estes, an attorney and former policy director for the progressive non-profit New Mexico Voices for Children, and Gessing, president of the free-market think tank, the Rio Grande Foundation.

Before the debate commenced, the two friendly adversaries outlined their arguments to New Mexico Watchdog:

This was Round 2 for Estes and Gessing, who met earlier this year in a debate about U.S. debt and deficits. Click here to watch the mano a mano video faceoff we posted about that topic.

Full disclosure: Up until January of 2013, New Mexico Watchdog and Capitol Report New Mexico were funded by the Rio Grande Foundation. Now both entities are funded by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.