Martin was lukewarm on that idea -- unless the money went to a single project, such as the completion of U.S. 35.
"I would like to stay away from bonds as much as possible," he said.
Both candidates said they would support more funding for higher education in West Virginia.
Walters, who met with West Virginia State University leaders earlier Wednesday, said the newest building on campus is 16 years old.
He said WVSU had outstanding faculty, "but the tools they have to work with are substandard. A growing university just brings more people to the area, more money into the economy."
Both candidates said they agreed with most of the findings in a statewide education audit.
Walters said the state could save millions of dollars each year by purchasing supplies through regional education service agencies, which serve county school systems.
"When you buy in bulk, you save money," Walters said.
Martin said classroom teachers must have more flexibility to work with individual students on subjects, such as science and math, that they're struggling with.
"Allow the teachers to be professionals," he said. "They know what our kids need."
On health care, Martin said he would support an expansion of West Virginia's Medicaid program under President Obama's federal health reform, provided "we can pay for it."
"Health care should be a right," he said.
Walters said he wouldn't take a position on Medicaid expansion until the federal government responds to numerous questions Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has posed about the program's future costs.
"I'd like to see more preventive care," Walters said.
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