Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican challenger Allen Quist clashed sharply in their first one-on-one debate Thursday.
BYRON, Minn. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican challenger Allen Quist clashed sharply in their first one-on-one debate Thursday.
The 90-minute debate at Somerby Golf Community near Rochester showcased stark differences between the candidates.
Walz wants to create jobs by spending on transportation, education and research.
Quist wants to cut government regulation and repeal the federal health care law.
The three-term incumbent called Quist a ``hypocrite'' for taking $600,000 in farm subsidies while opposing government subsidies.
Quist went after Walz as a big spender, accusing him of ``financial irresponsibility on steroids.''
Walz, a retired National Guard officer, reacted angrily to a statement Quist made in 2010 saying that Democrats were a bigger threat to democracy than terrorism.