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|Senate Candidates Face Off in Another Debate
|(IRN)-Letting others speak sure wasn't on tap at the latest debate between U.S. Senate hopefuls.
The Wednesday night televised debate between Senate hopefuls Democrat Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Republican U.S. Representative Mark Kirk was more like a free for all. At one point, Kirk turned to a PBS moderator and asked if he was going to moderate. To the reporters covering the debate, it was just one out of several comical moments.
The comment came after Kirk accused Giannoulias of flip flopping on TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
"You flip flopped on NAFTA, you said that you wanted to start a trade war with our best export markets for Illinois," Kirk said. "Absolutely, unequivocally untrue," Giannoulias interrupted. "Do you want to moderate this," Kirk asked the moderator which drew laughs from the audience.
Another exchange earlier came after Giannoulias talked about campaign contributions to Kirk from convicted Republican fundraiser and ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich crony Stuart Levine.
Throughout the debate Kirk bashed Giannoulias for his ties to loans that went to known mob members. Giannoulias defended himself by saying that mistakes happen and when making a loan you look at one's credit rating and ability to repay the loan. Kirk acknowledged he received campaign cash from Levine but returned the money.
After a number of "fundamental differences," a favorite saying of Giannoulias that was used repeatedly through the debate, the two candidates actually agreed on a couple of issues including blocking gasoline supplies to Iran to force the country to abandoned its nuclear program.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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