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Ill. Senate Candidates Talk about Character Issues

Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 10:15 AM

 

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CHICAGO (AP) — The two major party candidates running for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat spar over questions of character during a televised debate.

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias said during a Sunday debate on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he didn't know the extent of the activities by some of the convicted felons his family's now-failed Chicago bank loaned money to.

Republican Mark Kirk says again that he takes responsibility for embellishing some aspects of his military career, including claiming a prestigious award he didn't win.

Issues of character for the two have been a core element in the race for the Illinois seat.

Giannoulias says his family's bank helped thousands of people. Kirk says he's proud of his military service.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for President Barack Obama's old Senate are making his performance in the White House a campaign issue.

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias says Obama has done everything he can to turn the economy around, but Republican Mark Kirk faults the president for increasing the nation's debt.

The two are battling for one the nation's most high high-profile Senate seats. A win in the Illinois race would be a trophy for Republicans, and a loss would embarrass Democrats.

Giannoulias says Kirk's claim of being a fiscal hawk is just one of the "whoppers" Kirk has told.

Kirk says it's ironic that Giannoulias would criticize his fiscal record because he says Giannoulias can't name one spending bill he would have opposed.

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