Democrats in US Senate race sharpen knives in debate

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2016 2:42 AM

From left are: Democratic Senate candidates Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty, and Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, who are running for their party's nomination in the April 26, 2016 primary election. The winner of this contest aims to unseat first-term U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey R-Pa., in the fall election. (AP Photo)

(Pittsburgh) -- The three Democrats running for a chance to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey are attacking each other in the most direct way thus far, as the campaign enters its last three weeks. 

Tuesday night's fast-moving debate put on stark display the candidates' strengths and weaknesses, and brought out several charges of parsing the truth or flip flopping. 

Who is most compromised by the natural gas industry, who is the biggest champion for a minimum wage increase and who will fight efforts to weaken Social Security benefits were among the subjects batted around during the hour-long debate. 

Running for the Democratic nomination are Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman. 

The primary election is April 26. 

The debate was hosted by WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.  

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