Alaska Senate debate casts old versus new

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned how electing either of her major rivals is in Alaska's best interest, saying that if Republican Joe Miller or Democrat Scott McAdams were elected, the state would have the least senior delegation in the nation.

Miller and McAdams, meanwhile, called re-electing Murkowski a vote for sticking with business-as-usual in a Congress that needs change.

During a candidate forum in Anchorage on Monday, Murkowski stressed her seniority and history of crossing party lines. But McAdams said numerous votes against appropriations bills shows Murkowski is beholden to party interests. Murkowski said Republicans, with those votes, tried to impose stricter spending limits.

Miller said Alaskans can't vote for the "old system" if they want true change.

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