Posted 10:58 PM 10/15/2012 : Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona square off in Tucson for round 2 of debates
TUCSON - On the eve of the second presidential debate, a showdown between the two contenders for Jon Kyl's U.S. Senate seat squared off on the campus of the University of Arizona.
Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona met for round two of their scheduled three debates. Throughout an election season that has been marred by what many describe as dirty politics the senate race between Flake and Carmona has been one of the nastiest.
With that in mind, it came as no surprise that attack ads were one of the topics during the debate. After watching clips of ads from both camps, the candidates had their own view of what they saw.
"This best exemplifies the type of politics the Congressman Flake is involved in. Getting in the gutter throwing mud."
"I talked to Senator McCain today. He wanted me to tell you directly those ads you are running on the veterans issues are simply not true and there deplorable."
And it didn't get any cozier from there, especially when talking about health care.
"The problem with the president's health care plan is that he promised lower premiums. Premiums have gone up 25% since the president's health care plan was passed and Dr. Carmona will not say whether he will repeal it or not."
"I don't expect the congressman to understand because he's never worked in the health industry. He has cleverly written soundbites that come from his party playbook."
Questioning the other's career record was fair game as well.
"Dr. Carmona says he was surgeon general, recruited by a Republican. It is worthy to note, he was not asked to serve a second term. That I think is part of the record in the temperament issue were talking about here."
"Congressman Flake lied and now he has an excuse. I understand that because that's the way operations work in Washington. Lots of excuses and they don't take responsibility for their actions."
As the countdown to the election rolls along, the two will meet face to face one more time in a third debate in Yuma on October 25th.
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