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Feingold, Johnson make pitches to voters

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Green Bay (WQOW) -- The top two candidates in the race for U.S. Senate faced off in the first of two debates on Friday.

The latest Marquette Law School Poll released this week shows Democratic challenger Russ Feingold with a two point edge over Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), the smallest margin since the senate campaign began.

The candidates covered a number of topics: health care, gun rights, police shootings, social security, and more. The biggest clash came over the problems at the Tomah VA -- with each candidate passing the blame to the other.

"I'm not quite sure why Senator Feingold or his staff didn't raise the alarm bells when they got memos addressed to, hand delivered to Sen. Feingold or given to reps of Senator Feingold laying out the problems at Tomah. Describing candy man, calling it candy land, nothing happened 2008-2009," said Sen. Johnson.  "Is that simply because his staff didn't care? Or Senator Feingold didn't?"

Feingold had a quick rebuttal, saying: "It's a sad moment when a senator from Wisconsin says something he knows for sure is not true. It was testimony before his committee that made it very clear that my office never received anything of the kind, and in fact this tragedy occurred five years later or several years later under Senator Johnson's watch. So this is a sad moment."

Feingold and Johnson will square off again on Tuesday, October 18. You can watch the debate live on WQOW-18.

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