Published On: Thu, Oct 18th, 2012

Bill Nelson, Connie Mack square off in lone Florida Senate debate

Bill Nelson and Connie Mack IV traded barbs in the only debate of their U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday night, with the candidates attacking each other over Medicare, taxes and their voting records and accusing the other of not telling the truth.

“I’m looking forward to pointing out what the truth is because everything the congressman has just said is not true,” Nelson said, responded to Mack’s statement that ‘It was time for you to go.’

From the opening statements to the close, Mack targetted Nelson on cutting more than $700 billion out of Medicare, voting to “gut” military spending and voting for tax hikes “150 times.” This would be the third term for Nelson.

“Bill Nelson cast the deciding vote to cut $700 billion out of your Medicare to pay for Obamacare. I voted against Obamacare,” Mack said in his opening remark, a charge critics says is “Mostly False.”

“Senator, the people of the state of Florida are tired of you saying one thing to them and then going back to Washington, D.C., and voting with Barack Obama 98 percent of the time.”

Nelson finally retorted, “Is that the only line that you have memorized?” drawing laughter from the audience.

Nelson later accused Mack of trying to turn Medicare into a “voucher” program and of supporting a measure to “partially privatize” Social Security. He also asked why Mack had a record of missing a lot of House votes.

“Mitt Romney needs someone he can count on, and we need another Republican senator from the state of Florida,” Mack said Wednesday night. “I’m asking you to stand with me, I’m asking you to stand with Mitt Romney.”

“You were going to let this country go into default where it could not pay its bills. Obviously we could not do that,” Nelson said, noting that Mack was in the minority who voted against the so-called sequestration plan.

“This is what’s happened to our politics. It’s gotten out of control and untruthful because of extremism, and the good thing is Florida is in the mainstream,” Nelson said, noting that Mack’s father, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III, often worked in cooperation with former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham.

The senior Mack stood nearby.

“Cheap shot,” he said when told of Nelson’s remarks.

Check a video provided by ABC – here

While the Global Dispatch will NOT endorse any of the “Fact Check” sources do to bias, here is a link to the PolitiFact analysis of the debate: http://www.politifact.com/florida/article/2012/oct/17/fact-checking-floridas-us-senate-debate/

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