Blunt, Carnahan clash in first Missouri Senate debate - KMOV.com

Blunt, Carnahan clash in first Missouri Senate debate

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt had some sharp words for one another in the first debate of Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

Carnahan accused Blunt of doing the bidding of lobbyists. Blunt accused her of twisting the truth.

The debate Thursday at Kansas City Public Television focused on federal spending and the health care overhaul.

Carnahan called for a ban on spending earmarks and said she opposed a 2008 bill bailing out troubled financial institutions. Blunt defended dedicated spending projects and said the 2008 bill helped avoid bigger economic troubles.

Blunt called for a repeal of the new health care law. Carnahan did not.

The candidates are competing to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond. The election is Nov. 2.

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