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McMahon, Murphy emphasize differences

The two candidates for U.S. Senate engaged Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in their most substantive policy debate yet, discussing tax cut ideas, foreign policy stances and how they would accomplish goals if elected to Washington.

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U.S. Senate debate between U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, left, a Democrat, and Republican Linda McMahon at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Supporters for both candidates rally outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the beginning of a U.S. Senate debate between Republican Linda McMahon and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Morell Johnson of New London, a Murphy supporter rallies with supporters for both candidates outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the beginning of the third U.S. Senate debate between Republican Linda McMahon and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Linda McMahon gives a thumbs up at her supporters as she drives by as supporters for both candidates rally outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the beginning of the third U.S. Senate debate between Republican McMahon and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, right, speaks on a makeshift stage to supporters prior to a debate with his Republican opponent Linda McMahon, as supporters from both sides rally outside the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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U.S. Senate candidates Republican Linda McMahon, right, and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, left, look on seconds before entering the stage for a debate at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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U.S. Senate debate between U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, left, a Democrat, and Republican Linda McMahon at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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U.S. Senate candidate Republican Linda McMahon speaks to the media after a debate with U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, background right, a Democrat, at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Supporters for both candidates rally outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the beginning of the third U.S. Senate debate between Republican Linda McMahon and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.