Former First Selectman Tim Herbst was among four Republican candidates for governor to participate in Monday\u2019s Realtor TV debate, hosted by WTNH News 8. The candidates, Herbst, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik, and former hedge fund manager David Stemmerman, found themselves in agreement for most of the debate, especially when criticizing Gov. Dannel Malloy, calling for tax reductions and opposing sanctuary cities. Boughton, who earned the party\u2019s nomination at the convention, advocated phasing out the state income tax as a way to stem the flow of residents leaving Connecticut in search of greener pastures. \u201cI bet if you did that, people would come to Connecticut,\u201d he said. He cited the income tax as one of the major differences between the state as it is now and as it was in the 1970s and 1980s. \u201cThis is not the Connecticut I remember, but under a Boughton administration this will be a state you\u2019ll never forget,\u201d he said. Herbst promised to have a \u201cbudget repair bill\u201d in front of the legislature within 45 days of taking office. \u201cWe have $71 billion in unfunded pension and liabilities,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s crippling our budget. We have to eliminate the state tax and the Social Security tax for our seniors, and cut the corporate rates to show businesses we\u2019re serious.\u201d Confronted with a question about whether they would welcome a campaign visit from President Donald Trump, Herbst and Boughton enthusiastically welcomed the idea. \u201cWe absolutely welcome our president,\u201d Herbst said. \u201cDemocrats want to make this election about Washington because they don\u2019t want to talk about their eight-year record of failure. They nominated a candidate [Ned Lamont] that I call Retread Ned, that is actually to the left of Dan Malloy.\u201d Obsitnik, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was more reserved, saying that as a veteran he would always support the commander-in-chief, a position he repeated several times when asked by moderators if he wanted Trump\u2019s support. \u201cDonald Trump didn\u2019t create Connecticut\u2019s problems and he\u2019s not going to solve our problems,\u201d he said. Stemmerman and expressed support for the commander-in-chief, saying he would be welcome to come to Connecticut any time he wants, but said the state\u2019s challenges would need to be solved within Connecticut. He also made a brief diversion into talking about values. \u201cWhen we set our own values here in Connecticut, they are our own,\u201d he said. \u201cOur own values are reflected for me and my family, married to the same woman for 20 years. I have five children.\u201d All four candidates also rejected the idea of sanctuary cities, carefully expressing support for the idea of legal immigration while also embracing federal restrictions on immigration. \u201cI want people to come to our country legally,\u201d Hersbt said. \u201cI do not want criminal illegals in any one of our towns and cities that compromise the health and safety of our citizens. There have been well documented instances of criminal illegals here who have committed additional crimes because they were not properly deported or processed.\u201d Boughton went a little further, declaring Connecticut in essence a sanctuary state. \u201cThe U.S. Constitution is clear, immigration policy is the purview of the federal government,\u201d he said. The debate ended with candidates asked to state, in one word, the most important issue in the campaign. Stemmerman and Obsitnik answered succinctly, with \u201cgrowth\u201d and \u201cpeople,\u201d respectively. Boughton took a little liberty with answer, saying, \u201cJobs and the economy.\u201d Herbst doubled up Boughton with an eight-word answer, \u201cPension and benefit reform to lead to growth.\u201d As the audience chuckled he clarified. \u201cHyphenated, it was hyphenated,\u201d he said.