Congressman Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan spent part of their debate in Cambridge looking back at some of the biggest issues to hit Washington in recent years — the federal stimulus, the health care overhaul, the national debt limit — and did not find much to agree on.
When it came to describing themselves, there was similar divergence. Cravaack characterized himself as a lunch-pail, pro-union Republican, prompting Nolan to call him a company man rather than a working man. Cravaack, in turn, accused his rival of siding with Twin Cities environmentalists over northern Minnesota mining companies.
Polls show the race between Nolan and Cravaack is neck-and-neck and the contest has attracted millions of dollars from outside the state.
Here is Tuesday’s debate in its entirety:
And an earlier debate in Duluth
A sampling of what the campaigns and their supporters were highlighting on Twitter post-debate
— Chip Cravaack (@chipcravaack) October 16, 2012
Laughable that Cravaack says he supports jobs here yet has voted time after time to ship jobs overseas.Rick Nolan will create jobs in MN. — Ken Martin (@kenmartin73) October 16, 2012
— Erik L (@ErikLeist) October 16, 2012