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Edwards, Vitter tangle in first debate of runoff campaign

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BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter sought to draw policy contrasts with his Democratic opponent in the Louisiana governor's race, as the two men faced off for the first time in the runoff campaign.

Vitter, who is lagging in the polls, told a crowd at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday that he and state Rep. John Bel Edwards have "starkly different" political philosophies.

Vitter described Edwards as liberal, saying he was allied with unions and trial lawyers, opposed charter school expansion and would work against Louisiana business interests.

Edwards said he has a state legislative record of working with members of both parties and operates in the "center of the political spectrum." He suggested Vitter was divisive. Edwards described himself as someone who would unite the people of Louisiana.


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