Posted at: 10/09/2012 4:46 AM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 10:08 AM
By: MARTIGA LOHN, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After weeks of TV ads focused on Medicare, Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan got into it over jobs and other issues in their first debate.
The first-term incumbent and Nolan, a former congressman, faced each other Tuesday before a well-behaved live audience in Duluth.
Nolan called Cravaack a "big spender" on defense who has neglected domestic priorities such as transportation. He says small businesses haven't been helped by Cravaack's support of tax breaks because they need middle-class customers who can buy their products.
Cravaack says cutting taxes and regulations will create jobs. He says Nolan represents an "antiquated" style of big government.
TV airwaves in Duluth and the Twin Cities have been flooded with ads about the race, with spending by outside groups topping $4 million.
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