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Connecticut GOP governor candidates spar in debate

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By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Republican primary for Connecticut governor is taking on a feisty tone, with candidates Tom Foley and John McKinney questioning one another's fiscal values in a debate.

The tenor of Thursday's debate, sponsored by The Hartford Courant and WTIC-TV, was a marked difference from a recent match-up where the two Fairfield Republicans appeared congenial and agreed on many issues. The debate comes as McKinney runs a TV ad claiming he's the only candidate willing to cut state spending, while Foley's ad accusing McKinney of supporting tax and spending increases.

The two face an Aug. 12 primary, where the victor will challenge Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November.

On Thursday, Foley accused McKinney of being "part of the problem" while McKinney questioned whether Foley has ever read a state budget.

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