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Cravaack, Nolan clash in next-to-last debate of contentious campaign

Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan discussed mining regulations, health care, business growth, and the national debt at their debate in Cambridge. Not surprisingly, they found little common ground. The campaign is among the closest and most expensive House races in the country.
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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

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