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SIOUX CITY (KWWL) -

Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge met tonight in Sioux City for their only televised debate before next month's election.

Judge immediately went on the offensive, saying there is gridlock in Washington D.C., and in order for that to change, "we need new leadership," she said.

Meanwhile, Grassley touted his record in Senate for the past three decades, pointing to the jobs he's created through wind energy and exporting.

Not surprisingly, the first topic covered was the issue of the Supreme Court nomination.

Grassley has refused to hold a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, and backed that claim up tonight.

"I will not change my position from my Feb. 23rd letter that the people ought to have a voice and the new president, whether it's Trump, or Mrs. Clinton, will make the next appointment, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

Judge didn't hold back her criticism in his decision.

"Well I believe that we now have the longest time in this country between a nomination and a hearing. It's unprecedented, and I believe it's hampering the court," she said.

Both candidates also spoke strongly about refugees--a big topic in this election cycle.

Grassley said he was concerned with national security, and ISIS in particular. "It's very dangerous, they want to kill us. We have to make sure they don't use our refugee program to bring people in under the umbrella of refugees, cause we want to take refugees," he said.

"And now we have people in Syria that are in danger of their lives. We need to find a way that they can be brought here just the way other war refugees have been brought here," Judge replied.

Judge also spent a considerable amount of time attacking Grassley for the time he's spent in Washington, saying, "Grassley hasn't changed Washington, Washington has changed him."

But Grassley again leaned on his record in Washington, and also noted that he gets out of Washington as often as he can, including taking a 99-county tour every year.

The two candidates are also slated to take part in a radio forum hosted by WHO Radio.

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