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Candidates in bitter US Senate race in Indiana face off in only debate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The candidates in what has been a bitter race for U.S. Senate in Indiana faced off Tuesday night in their only debate.

After months of attack ads, Evan Bayh and Todd Young got to go at each other in person. 

Bayh is the former Indiana governor and two-term U.S. senator trying to reclaim the seat he left nearly six years ago. Young is a three-term congressman trying to keep the seat in Republican hands. And they were joined by Libertarian Lucy Brenton.  

The first hot issue was the the Affordable Care Act.

Todd Young: "Hoosiers pleaded with Evan Bayh to vote against Obamacare, but he ignored their wishes. He instead decided, as a D.C. insider, to listen to political interests in Washington, D.C. He listened to his party bosses."

Evan Bayh: "Congressman Young wants to take us back to the days where the insurance companies have unlimited profits. He wants to take $350,000 of our fellow Hoosiers' health insurance away from them. He wants to re-open the donut hole costing an additional $1,400 a year in prescription drug costs. We don't want to go back to those days."

Lucy Brenton: "Americans deserve to be free. They deserve to be free from the government regulation that comes along with a forced insurance scam."

The three also dealt with alternative energy and how to pay for it.

Evan Bayh: "We should emphasize renewables like wind and solar, which is expanding across Indiana. That's a good thing. We should emphasize efficiency ... retrofitting our homes and businesses, so that we can save energy. That's a good thing."

Todd Young: "Evan Bayh has supported an energy tax in the past. His plan would lead to an extra $1,700 tax per American household."

Lucy Brenton: "Let's prioritize energy sources, but let's let the free market do it.  And, most importantly, let's end our dependence on foreign oil. The way that we can do that is allowing commercial hemp growth."

Bayh and Young also traded jabs on trade and keeping jobs in the U.S.

Todd Young: "One of the things that I will never do, and Evan Bayh did do, is vote to unleash a flood of outsourcing to China ... a flood of outsourcing to China."

Evan Bayh: "Companies like Carrier actually get to deduct the cost of shipping our jobs abroad from their U.S. taxes, and Congressman Young thinks that's just fine. Well, it's not just fine."

A new Monmouth University poll shows Bayh with a six percent lead over Young.

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