Whitehouse, Flanders battle in US Senate debate

October 10, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Robert Flanders faced off in their first televised debate this week.

The candidates locked horns Tuesday night in Providence over questions provided by WPRI-TV reporters Tim White and Ted Nesi.

Flanders criticized Whitehouse’s handling of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Whitehouse argued he received positive feedback and that Flanders didn’t support an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

The former state Supreme Court justice defended ads using questionable language to describe Whitehouse.

Whitehouse highlighted his efforts to secure funding for infrastructure projects in the state.

The candidates disagreed on the effects of the Trump administration tax plan but both agreed they wouldn’t alter Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid to pay for it.

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