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Nelson and Mack trade heat in lone Senate debate

by John Kennedy | October 17th, 2012

Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican rival Connie Mack IV blistered each other over a wide range of policy and character issues Wednesday night in their lone debate of the Florida U.S. Senate race.

In the hourlong exchange, the two contenders dueled over a host of issues that have emerged as flashpoints in the race. It also got personal plenty of times.

“My opponent has a pattern of not telling the truth,” Nelson, a two-term incumbent, said after being steadily challenged by Mack through most of the exchange.

Mack, who has been trailing in most polls, openly tied his candidacy to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by urging voters to send both to Washington.

“Mitt Romney needs someone who he can count on,” Mack told viewers. “We need another Republican senator from the state of Florida. I’m asking you to stand with Mitt Romney.”

The debate, from Nova Southeastern University, was televised live across most Florida media markets. Sponsored by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, it is the only debate the two candidates would agree to take part in.

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7 Responses to “Nelson and Mack trade heat in lone Senate debate”

  1. Voting Says:

    Voting for Romney and Mack.

    When are the sample ballots going to be mailed out?!??!

    Early voting is coming up!

  2. Concerned Taxpayer Says:

    Time for Bill to go. He allowed Obama to gut NASA, killing thousands of high tech, well paying jobs in Florida. He voted for massive cuts to our military which will deal a death blow to many Florida communities (21 military bases in Florida). He voted to cut over $700 BILLION from Medicare for today’s seniors to pay for ObamaCare for illegals and those who will not work. Bill is not good for or to Florida!

  3. mittens Says:

    Red Team
    Red Team
    Ra Ra Ra

  4. farmer Says:

    The three above post remind me of a bull fight. The bull charges at the RED cape thinking he is going to accomplish something, but in reality, going for the RED only brings pain and anguish that results in his death.

  5. LOLGOP Says:

    It’s the ticket of liars, Willard Mitt Romney and Cornelius MacGillicuddy IV

    Did any of you people watch President Obama obliterate Mitt Romney last night?

    You live in a very bizarre world.

    President Obama is going to have a second term, Bill Nelson will have a third, and America is moving forward. And we’re going to do it with or without the far right pro-rich anti-Middle Class Tea Party Republicans.

  6. curt Says:

    Connor Mack should hardly talk about “records” when his own arrest record is an embarrassment to Congress. How can he really think with an arrest record he is fit to be a United States SENATOR?

  7. jjrr Says:

    Senator Nelson is on the Senate Budget Committee:
    He has not done the job we are paying him to do; no budget for 3 years.
    Not because he is incapable of doing so; he just did not want to.
    A budget would have slowed some of he continuous spending.
    He does repeatedly vote to “waive all applicable budgetary discipline”????
    Wish I could be that irresponsible and get away with it!

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