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Candidates go head-to-head in final debate

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

Just three days after their last debate, Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey were at it again.  Monday night's debate in Lincoln was the last one before election day and both candidates were not holding back.

The debate covered topics from agriculture to health care reform.  One of the most heated topics of the night was both candidates budget plans.

Kerrey says Fischer's plan would require $1 trillion in immediate cuts that will hurt veterans, seniors and the military.

"Again I'll say the Fischer plan will make those things difficult...it just will," Kerrey said.  "The facts say so...you can't run from it.  You've got to cut a trillion dollars worth of spending and it will not make these things possible."

Deb Fischer defended her plan and said it allows businesses to grow and create jobs to turn the economy around.

"The Fischer plan means that we back government away from small businesses and let small businesses create jobs," Fischer said.  "That's how we're going to turn this economy around.  That's how we're going to get on the road to recovery."

Fischer says she believes Kerrey's pledge to make congress non-partisan would be difficult.

"It's not that easy," Fischer said.  "What we need to do is make sure that we have people who are elected who are willing to step forward and work across the aisle."

Kerrey stood by his goal for bipartisanship.  He says he believes a bipartisan congress is the only way to balance the budget.

"Just because it's difficult doesn't mean we shouldn't do it," Kerrey said.  "If we're going to balance this budget we're going to have to lead with this kind of an effort."

Health care reform was a question posed from the panel.  Fischer insisted that she would support repealing the Health Care Reform Law that will take place starting in 2014.  She says she won't support paying for it by stealing 700 billion dollars from medicare.

Kerrey countered adding the Health Care Act will give 120,000 working Nebraskans health insurance.

Election day is November 6th. 

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