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October 29, 2010

Tierney, Hudak tangle in last debate

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During the hour, Hudak and Tierney reiterated positions that have become familiar to voters who have paid attention throughout the campaign.

Hudak said he wanted to cut taxes and reduce the regulation that stifles business growth. He characterized himself as the change candidate.

"You can't solve the problems that you have with the same people who caused them in the first place," Hudak said.

Tierney highlighted the 8 million jobs lost and the economic contraction that occurred during the Bush administration. The economy, he said, has begun to grow.

"We're not where we want to be, but we're certainly better off than we were," Tierney said.

Hudak wants to extend the Bush era tax cuts. Tierney wants to see most of them expire but keep tax cuts for families earning $250,000 a year and less.

Pointing out that 10 percent of Lynn's school budget is funded with federal dollars, the congressman criticized Hudak for supporting the "dismantling" of the Department of Education in a Tea Party Voter Guide.

Hudak claimed he didn't want to eliminate the department, only that he believes education decisions should be made on the local, not federal, level.

The Republican went after Tierney for not disclosing to the government millions of dollars that were in an account his wife managed for her brother, Robert Eremian. Eremian was indicted in August on charges that included racketeering, money laundering and operating an illegal gambling business.

"The congressman takes great pains to look at my financial disclosure report and to say that I have $1 million in Bank of America stock," Hudak said, referring to information Tierney has publicized. "That's my wife's money. The congressman knows more about my wife than he does his own."

Tierney has said he was not obliged to disclose the money because it was his brother-in-law's, not his wife's.

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