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Charges Fly in Senate Campaign Debate

August 31, 1998
By: Pervaiz Shallwani
State Capital Bureau

Name calling erupted Monday in the first of a series of debates between the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate from Missouri.

Pervaiz Shallwani has the story from Jefferson City:

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Republican Senator Kit Bond and Democratic challenger Jay Nixon spent an hour debating on the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri.

At one point, Bond took a shot at Nixon calling the a health-care bill Nixon endorsed the Kennedy/Nixon bill -- in reference to Senator Ted Kennedy.

It prompted an angry reaction from Nixon:

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Contents: [219K WAV file - Nixon says he is no Ted Kennedy, to which Bond replies he is a "Ted Kennedy wannabe."]

Nixon and Bond have some half-dozen debates scheduled in their campaign for the U-S Senate.

Pervaiz Shallwani at the State Capital.


Term limits emerged as one of the major issues in the first debate between Missouri's two leading candidates for the U-S Senate. Pervais Shallwani has the story from Jefferson City:

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Democratic challenger Jay Nixon called incumbent senator Kit Bond hypocritical for seeking a third term to the Senate when Bond had voted for a two-term limit for U-S Senators.

In their Columbia-campus debate, Bond responded:

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Contents: [217K WAV file - Bond said he had promised to run for only two terms more than his first -- to which Nixon responded by asking "four-time pledge?"]

Nixon told onlookers that he only plans to run for only two terms.

Pervaiz Shallwani at the State Capital