McConnell, Lunsford meet in final debate

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford have met in their final debate before the election and clashed on issues ranging from the $700 billion government rescue of the financial industry to the Iraq war.

McConnell said the rescue plan he supported won't singlehandedly solve the nation's economic problems but said it's helping ease the credit crunch.

Lunsford said he would have voted against the bailout plan. He said it's not working because it was rushed through.

McConnell also touted his Senate leadership post and his ability to bring federal money back to Kentucky. Lunsford countered that McConnell had a big hand in the nation's economic downturn.

The debate Thursday in western Kentucky was sponsored by the Four Rivers Business Journal, a publication of The Paducah Sun and Paxton Media.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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