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Culver, Branstad point fingers at debate

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- At Coe College Thursday night, Governor Chet Culver accused former governor Terry Branstad of lying and raising taxes, while Branstad said Culver's policies have failed and that spent too much--plunging Iowa into dangerous debt. The two candidates focused much of their 2nd debate on the economy as they exchanged accusations.

The pair discussed several topics, ranging from the budget, to the I-JOBS program, to university funding, to same-sex marriage.   The moderator called it "spirited", others might say, it got fairly ugly.

After the debate, both candidates called themselves ''winners''.  Branstad says he won't change anything about his campaign moving forward.   Culver is hoping health care comes up in the final debate, which will take place 12 days before the November election, in Des Moines.

The other four candidates vying for the governor position weren't invited to Thursday's debate. They include Iowa Party candidate Jonathan Narcisse, Libertarian Eric Cooper, David Rosenfeld with the Socialist Worker party, and Independent Gregory Hughes.




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