Candidates Square-Off In 1st U.S. Senate Debate

By Scott Sarvay
By Rachel Martin

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM EDT

Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Richard Mourdock and Libertarian Andrew Horning faced off Monday night in their first of two U.S. Senate debates.

It was a war of words as the three candidates run for an open seat long filled by Sen. Richard Lugar. Mourdock beat Lugar in the Republican primary in May.

The fight between Democrat U.S. Rep Joe Donnelly and Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, along with Libertarian Andrew Horning, is one of the biggest political races in the country as the republicans only need four seats to claim the majority.

Donnelly hit-up Mourdock for risking 100 thousand auto jobs by attempting to stop the bailout of Chrysler.

Mourdock shot back by saying Donnelly favors "The Obama Agenda" and his votes with the President are part of the problem.

Donnelly and Mourdock took turns calling out each-other's faults Monday night with supporting Pell grants and lowering student loans being the only thing they agreed on.

Libertarian Horning says both Republicans and Democrats are part of the problem and emphasized that he isn't part of the status-quo.

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