Nelson, Mack meet in Florida's only Senate debate

11:04 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican challenger Connie Mack IV accused Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of voting to raise taxes 150 times and casting the deciding vote on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, while Nelson said his challenger is distorting his record.

The candidates met Wednesday night at Nova Southeastern University in Davie for their only debate. Mack immediately criticized Nelson on several issues. Nelson calmly said that everything his opponent said is not true.

The debate comes as hundreds of thousands have already cast absentee ballots.

The race could have implications on balance of power in the Senate. Republicans need to gain four seats to have a majority. Outside groups supporting both sides have spent millions of dollars trying to influence the race as Nelson seeks his third term.

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