U.S. Sen. Blumenthal battles Republican Leora Levy in first and only debate – Hartford Courant


In an increasingly bitter campaign, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal battled Republican Leora Levy Wednesday night on inflation, taxes, the economy, and abortion.

In their only debate, Blumenthal portrayed himself as a champion for Connecticut consumers by fighting special interests and supporting abortion rights.

During the one-hour contest that was televised live on Channel 3, Levy launched various criticisms at Blumenthal, including noting that he said he served in Vietnam during the war when he did not.

“As your attorney general and now as your United States senator, I have stood up to special interests and fought for you,’’ Blumenthal told television viewers in his opening statement. “Now, as the stakes are higher and families confront higher costs and price gouging … I want to continue working for you – lowering costs, cutting taxes, protecting Social Security, and restoring…

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