Corker Says Ford Part of Political 'Machine'

Memphis, Tenn. (AP) -- In their first debate, Bob Corker went after Harold Ford Junior's family while Ford accused Corker of flip-flopping on abortion.

Republican Corker said last night his Democratic opponent for the US Senate was from a family engaged in "machine-type politics."

Ford, a Memphis Congressman, said he loved his family and asked Corker not to bring them into the debate.

Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, had not brought up the Ford family so far in the campaign. Ford's uncle is a former state legislator awaiting trial in a federal bribery case.

Corker also criticized Ford's votes against a ban on late term abortions. Ford responded that he has changed his position on abortion and said corker has flip-flopped on abortion in the past.

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