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Walsh, Duckworth trade insults in debate

ROLLING MEADOWS – A third debate between candidates in one of the most-watched congressional races devolved into name calling as Republican Congressman Joe Walsh labeled Democrat Tammy Duckworth a "failed bureaucrat" and she called him a tea party servant.

The two-hour faceoff Tuesday night saw the candidates for the newly-redrawn 8th Congressional District touch on issues ranging from the future of Medicare to gridlock in Washington.

Walsh, of McHenry, said his fight against raising the debt ceiling and backing a balanced budget amendment makes him the best choice for the seat. Duckworth said protection of Medicare and Social Security guarantees makes her the better choice.

Walsh, elected to Congress in 2010 in an 8th District that included large parts of McHenry County, mocked Duckworth, saying she answers questions with "nice poll tested, canned answers."

Duckworth said Walsh puts his tea party support ahead of the district's needs.

After redistricting, no part of McHenry County will be in the new 8th district. Walsh decided to run in the 8th even though his McHenry home is now in the 14th Congressional District to avoid a Republican primary showdown against the 14th's incumbent representative, Randy Hultgren.

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