Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Congressman Connie Mack took the stage together for a debate that played a lot more like a game of ping pong. Nelson called out Mack. Mack called out Nelson. It happened over and over.
Mack, a six year Congressman, cited Nelson's record as the 12-year incumbent.
"Bill Nelson Voted for Obamacare. I voted against Obamacare. Bill Nelson voted to gut our military. I voted to strengthen our military. Bill Nelson voted to raise our taxes 150 times. I voted to cut taxes," Mack said.
Nelson sparred back with a tally of his own.
"Why don't you explain how you don't show up to work. Why don't you explain how this year, you have one of the worst voting records. I have missed one vote this year. You have missed 178," Nelson said.
From taxes to the economy, all the usual issues played out in the debate, including government spending.
In the end, the two candidates defined how they want to do business. Nelson presented himself as an across-the-aisle senator.
"We're all in this together. And that's a metaphor for what we should do in our politics. Bring people together in a bipartisan way. We're not Rs and Ds. We're Americans," he said.
Mack showed his alliance with the GOP presidential nominee.
"If we all work together we can get this done. Mitt Romney needs someone he can count on and we need another Republican Florida senator he can count on. I'm asking you to stand with me. I'm asking you to stand with Mitt Romney," he said.
There could be even more on the line in this election -- Republicans need to gain four seats to have a majority in the senate. That's motivated some supporters on both sides to fight even harder.
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