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Murphy, McMahon square off in second Connecticut Senate debate

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Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy engaged in the second United States Senate debate Thursday night at the University of Connecticut.

The two candidates discussed topics ranging from Medicare, foreign policy and the economy as well as attack ads used during the race and their own personal voting records.

McMahon and Murphy have been engaged in a tight race with several attacks ads. He is accusing her of using her millions to buy the election and end Social Security. She accused him of being a career politician, who does not show up for congressional hearings.

One of the issues the candidates fought over was tax cuts. McMahon is proposing cuts across the board and 1 percent cuts in government spending, while Murphy only wants tax cuts for the middle class and said it is not possible to cut taxes and spending while balancing the budget.

Throughout the debate, McMahon touted her ability to create jobs and her six-point plan. She added that Murphy has yet to show his job plan.

"We need to send someone to Washington who knows about creating jobs," she said.

Murphy said he has read McMahon's plan twice and does not agree with it.

"I think that not every CEO is designed to be a U.S. Senator," he said. "Linda McMahon is an example of one of those who is not."

Both candidates agreed that the troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan. However, McMahon wants to follow Obama's plan and Murphy wants to get the troops out sooner.

Murphy also said that McMahon admitted to having a "spotty voting record" during her bid to become United States senator against Richard Blumenthal - a claim that McMahon denied.

"I am a diligent voter," she said at the press conference following the debate.

Following the debate, Murphy said he learned that McMahon is focusing on continuing to use attack ads. He added that she tried the same tactic against Blumenthal.

"I think McMahon is addicted to personal attacks," he said.

McMahon said she is focused on her jobs plan.

"I have my own plan. I am talking about my plan," she said.

Former CEO of WWE McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. 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.

Murphy and McMahon will engage in two more debates scheduled for Oct. 15 in New London and Oct. 18 in Hartford. The first debate was on Eyewitness News on Sunday.

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