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Braley and Ernst clash in first Senate debate

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INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) -- Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst clashed over health care, Social Security and foreign policy during the first debate of the Iowa Senate race.

The candidates in the closely-fought race have largely campaigned using scripted television ads and carefully controlled public events. The debate at Simpson College on Sunday night put them in a new setting, as they fielded questions on a range of topics before voters.

Iowa is one of the year's most competitive Senate races.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, accused Ernst of being too conservative for the state. Ernst, a state senator and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak, argued that Braley has not delivered during his time in Congress.

The debate was sponsored by The Des Moines Register and KCCI-TV.

There are two more debates, including one you can see live on KWWL on October 11th. Click here to read about upcoming debate broadcasts.

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