Last Ohio Senate Debate; Candidates Highlight Contrasts

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/25/12

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Democratic incumbent for U.S. Senate and his GOP challenger have focused on their differences on issues from abortion to the auto industry bailout in the last debate of Ohio's heated race.

Sen. Sherrod Brown describes himself as a fighter for the middle class and steadfast supporter of women's choice on abortion.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel says he would help economic growth with lower taxes and seek "common ground" on the divisive issue of abortion. He says he opposes abortion except to save a woman's life.

Their exchanges Thursday night weren't as vitriolic as their second debate last week, although peppered with sarcasm.

Mandel gave a somewhat conciliatory closing, praising Brown's wife and his own. Brown thanked him.

CINCINNATI (AP) - The last debate in Ohio's heated U.S. Senate race has begun with the Democratic incumbent saying he will keep fighting for the middle class while the GOP challenger says Washington is broken and needs change.

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel are debating in a Cincinnati TV studio, with their meeting airing around Ohio.

Brown said Thursday night he had promised to work for the middle class and has done so with such actions as supporting the auto industry bailout.

Mandel has said he opposed the bailout; he says Brown is an example of why Washington isn't working.

Hundreds of raucous supporters on both sides waved signs and chanted outside.

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