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Blumenthal, Carter faced off in Senate debate on Face the State

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and State Rep. Dan Carter faced off in a Senate debate on Face the State Sunday morning.

Blumenthal, of Greenwich, is up for re-election for a second term, while this is Carter's first time seeking the Senate seat. Carter is from Bethel.

This was the first and only debate between the two, and the candidates answered several questions on topics ranging from jobs, abortion, the Affordable Care Act and gun laws.

"There should be improvements in the Affordable Care Act, but it should not be repealed," Blumenthal said.

"We need to change Obamacare into something that works," Carter replied.

Blumenthal has been in office since 2011 and polls show him overwhelmingly favored to win, but on Sunday he still came out swinging to fight to keep his seat.

But Carter was determined to come from behind and win.

"We have had years of financial ruin here in Connecticut and over the last six years we've lived through two of the largest tax increases in our own history," Carter said. "Jobs are fleeing the state. We have to make changes to our tax code to make it fairer and flatter, reducing the number of brackets available, reduce the number of loopholes, we actually need to do something to bring corporations back.

"The federal government should help more and do better and I have been leading the effort principally focusing on investment. Investment in our national defense which is bringing thousands of jobs to  electric boat, Sikorsky and Pratt and Whitney," Blumenthal said.

Connecticut has passed some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and Blumenthal has been among democratic lawmakers pushing for universal background checks, and this was an area both men agree.

Carter is certainly the underdog in Connecticut, which is primarily a democratic voting state, and Blumenthal has far greater name recognition among voters, but Carter represents a voice many republicans in the state feel has long been too silent.

Both men hope the debate will shed light on their positions and bring voters out Nov. 8.

To watch the full debate, click here.

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