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DENHAM SPRINGS - Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves squared off Tuesday for the pair's last debate ahead of Saturday's election for the 6th Congressional District representative.

The two men fired shots at each other on issues such as taxation, immigration, education and even the Internet.

"We've seen a past of corruption," Graves said referring to Edwards time in prison.

Edwards pointed to his experience as to why he should lead the district.

"It takes someone with experience who can deal with people of different principles and come to a principal compromise to make things work," Edwards said.

The debate went off without controversy until Graves' closing statement where he told the crowd he won the backing of Louisiana Sheriffs Association members from the district.

"We've been supported by the thirteen parish sheriffs in this district," Graves said.

After the debate, Edwards rushed over, got in Graves' face and contested his endorsement.

"He accused me of lying and then he comes back and says that thirteen sheriffs endorsed him," Edwards said. "That's simply not so. I won't accuse him of lying but he doesn't know how to count."

"I'll just say that Mr. Edwards has confused the truth and confused reality many times during this campaign. I think the sheriffs' press release speaks for itself and I'm really sorry he wasn't able to gain their support," Graves said.

LSA Director Mike Ranatza said the committee representing the sheriffs from the 6th District met recently.  He said when members were asked as a group if they wished to endorse Graves, none of the members opposed.

Graves, a first-time politician, is favored to beat Edwards, a four-term governor, convicted felon and one-time reality TV star.


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