He said people need to take more responsibility for their own health, citing himself and his wife as examples.
"Sharon and I get out every day and work out, and if everybody did that, we'd be a healthier state," Maloney said.
At some points, Maloney spoke in generalities, once prompting debate moderator Charles Ryan to say, "I'm not sure I got an answer."
In one example of contrasting styles, on the issue of prison overcrowding, Tomblin noted that he had brought in experts from the Council on State Government's Justice Center to study factors contributing to the problem, and said he is confident their recommendations will be introduced as legislation for the 2013 regular session.
Maloney blamed overcrowding on a lack of opportunities for younger West Virginians, saying, "The trick is to have less prisoners.
"We've got consultants hired looking at other consultants," Maloney complained at one point.
"Are you saying, as governor, you wouldn't look for expert advice?" Tomblin responded.
Tuesday's debate came one year and one week after then-acting Gov. Tomblin edged first-time candidate Maloney by less than 8,000 votes in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Joe Manchin.
Hosted by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and sponsored in part by AARP-West Virginia, the debate excluded Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson and Libertarian David Moran.
That prompted Mountain Party Chairwoman Charlotte Pritt, a former Democratic Party nominee for governor, to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission contending that Johnson's exclusion from the debate constituted a misuse of public airwaves since, under state law, the Mountain Party is recognized as a major political party.
Johnson, who unsuccessfully sought a court order Tuesday to participate, joined with campaign supporters outside the Clay Center during the debate.
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