Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon meet in the final debate for the Connecticut Senate Thursday afternoon. On the same day, a poll showed Murphy with a slight lead.
The two candidates are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate and meet at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford to debate issues ranging from Social Security to the economy.
"My plan is designed and geared to jumpstart the economy by putting our people back to work," McMahon said.
"I have a plan that is very different than hers and the reason for that is we tried Linda McMahon's plan and it failed," Murphy said.
After the debate, Murphy tried to hammer the point that McMahon has not been straightforward while she tried to explain her position on Social Security.
"I thought it was great that Linda McMahon finally admitted that the reason she is not telling people her positions on issues is because she is worried that people will vote against her," Murphy said.
"We want Social Security to continue," McMahon said. "We want Medicare to be there for generations to come. We need to solve in a bipartisan way."
A new poll conducted by University of Connecticut and Hartford Courant shows that 44 percent of likely voters support Murphy, compared to 38 percent who would back McMahon. According to the poll, 17 percent are still undecided.
The poll, which has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, was released Thursday and was conducted with 574 likely voters.
In fact, the poll shows the debates are helping people make up their minds in this close race.
"I am so sick and tired of the political backlash against each other," said Kristen Pollard of New Britain. "Can't we all just get along? We're all here for the people of the state of Connecticut and I am sick and tired of them gouging each other."
Voters told Eyewitness News that they do not like the attack ads and all the millions of dollars being spent on the campaigns to make them.
Previous debates have been held at Eyewitness News in Rocky Hill, New London and the University of Connecticut.
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