(CNN) – "Extreme" was the word of the night as the two Pennsylvania Senate candidates debated for the first time on Wednesday.
Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey, a former Congressman, seldom agreed on the issues during the hour-long debate, but both came to the podium armed with remarkably similar messages.
Throughout the debate, both sought to paint the other as belonging to the extreme wing of their respective parties.
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(CNN) – Florida gubernatorial candidates Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott did not shy away from personal attacks or sharp-tongued remarks during Wednesday's debate.
Scott, a former businessman, attempted to capitalize on the election season's anti-incumbent fever when he referred to Sink, the state's chief financial officer, as a "Tallahassee insider."
Sink returned fire when she referred Scott, a billionaire health executive, as a "corporate raider," and questioned his business dealings.
(CNN)– Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said officials have to be "more realistic" in their approach to problem solving in Washington, and that "consensus should not be a dirty word."
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Murkowski said, "I think what is important is how you achieve the ends here. When we're talking about reducing spending, lets not deceive people into thinking if you eliminate ear marks all of a sudden we will not be operating out of deficit. "
Portland, Oregon (CNN) - The presidential limousine, known colloquially as 'The Beast,' carried what was probably one of its youngest passengers ever on Wednesday evening.
President Obama, who flew to Oregon as part of a five state campaign swing for Democratic candidates, was greeted by his longtime friend from Hawaii, Greg Orme, his wife, and their newborn child as the president walked off Air Force One.
Hopkinsville, KY (CNN) – Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway said his controversial campaign spot, dubbed by political observers as the 'aquabuddha ad,' won't be on the airwaves much longer.
"The ad will run its course and we'll be talking about a lot of different issues," Conway confirmed to CNN.
In an interview with CNN at a campaign stop in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Conway said he personally approved the ad targeting his Republican opponent Rand Paul. "I think he has to answer the questions," Conway said.
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Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN) - Rand Paul's wife made a rare public speaking appearance Wednesday to blast Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway for raising questions about Paul's faith in a controversial television ad still on the airwaves.
"I am truly shocked by Conway's ads questioning Rand's faith based on nothing more than anonymous accusations from nearly three decades ago," Kelley Paul told reporters, referencing Conway's now infamous "Aqua Buddha" ad, which claims that Paul mocked religion while in college.
(CNN) - The gubernatorial battle in Ohio is deadlocked, according to a new poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday also indicates that the Republicans hold a wide lead in the fight for the state's open Senate seat.
Forty-eight percent of likely voters in Ohio say that if the election were held today, they'd vote for Gov. Ted Strickland, with 47 percent saying they'd vote for former Rep. John Kasich, the GOP challenger, and 3 percent are undecided. Strickland's one-point margin is well within the survey's sampling error.
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(CNN) - In a stump speech for vulnerable Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, Vice President Biden credited him with the "successes" of the past two years and called Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle "extreme."
"The alternative to Harry Reid is extreme, is extreme" Biden said. "When you start to compare our vision, Harry's vision with the lack of vision in the alternative, the choice is quickly abundantly clear."
Biden touted Reid's legislative accomplishments including financial and health care reform and criticized Angle's positions on health care. He also repeated Reid's campaign and advertising line that Angle wants to privatize Veterans Affairs hospitals. Biden said she must hold that opinion because she doesn't understand the issue.