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Walsh, Duckworth spar on jobs, health care at first debate

The first debate of a nationally significant congressional contest saw Republican Rep. Joe Walsh come out in favor of allowing federal student loan interest rates to double this summer and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth accuse her foe of advocating “crackpot” tea party ideas that she struggled to define.

The Friday night exchange on CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” also marked the first time the two candidates for a northwest suburban congressional seat had met.

Walsh’s fame as a tea party icon is matched by Duckworth’s backing by key elements of President Barack Obama’s camp, including political strategist David Axelrod and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The opponents wasted little time hitting on the central themes of the 8th Congressional District campaign.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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