Senate candidates defend attacks as election day approaches - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Senate candidates defend attacks as election day approaches


Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and his challenger, Republican Linda McMahon, are claiming that from this point on they will be running campaigns more focused on issues and less on attack ads.

McMahon and Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.

On Tuesday, Murphy claimed that McMahon is anti-woman.

"She might be telling people over the course of this campaign that she is pro-choice," Murphy said at a career fair in New Britain. "The United States Senate would be run by right wing leadership that will work every day to overturn Roe v. Wade." 

Christine Lemoan is a supporter of Murphy.

"She would reluctantly vote for the extreme anti-choice blunt amendment," she said Tuesday.

However, several people showed at Murphy's event and held up signs in which they demanded he release documents about his mortgage.

According to Murphy, he has admitted to missing a "few" mortgage payments on his Cheshire home. He would later be able to obtain a loan from Webster Bank, despite being sued for foreclosure.

"Everyone who has looked at this has said that I got absolutely no favorable treatment from Webster Bank," Murphy said Tuesday.

McMahon attended a business breakfast the Aqua Turf in Plantsville Tuesday morning. She said she is an independent thinker.

"It is ridiculous to think that I am anti-woman," she said. "I am (a) pro-choice candidate."

McMahon said the mortgage debate is "about Murphy being honest with the people of Connecticut."

According to the poll, Murphy has a slight lead over McMahon, but that lead falls within the margin of error, making the race a tie.

The poll was conducted between Sept. 11 and 16 and had a margin of error of four points.

Both land line and cell phone numbers were used in the poll.

To check out the full report, click here.

The debate between the two candidates is on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Eyewitness News.

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