Lee, Dean disagree over medical marijuana, legal sports betting in final debate

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates Democrat Karl Dean, right, and Republican Bill Lee are shown in this composite photo.
photo Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Karl Dean speaks during his debate with Republican Bill Lee, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Kingsport, Tenn. (David Crigger/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP)

NASHVILLE - Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean squared off Friday night in their third and final governor's debate, disagreeing over issues like legalizing medical cannabis and decriminalizing pot, as well as allowing legal sports betting in Tennessee.

But Lee, a Williamson County businessman, and Dean, a former Nashville mayor, as well as a public defender, did agree in response to moderators' questions that as governor they would be willing to carry out executions in death penalty cases and even witness at least one first hand.

Both men also said they don't think the General Assembly should interfere with public universities' contracts with Nike in the wake of the footwear giant's ad featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.