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Published September 05, 2012, 07:33 PM

Berg, Heitkamp Face Off in Today's Debate

The candidates involved in the closest race in North Dakota this campaign season had what is best being described as a "spirited" debate this morning.

By: Donnell Preskey, KXMB TV

The candidates involved in the closest race in North Dakota this campaign season had what is best being described as a "spirited" debate this morning. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rick Berg squared off for the first time. The debate was hosted by the North Dakota Broadcasters Association.

Both Heitkamp and Berg say getting people back to work will improve our economy and reduce the nation's debt which is at $17 trillion. They actually agree on many things like the importance of a stable tax policy to build confidence and becoming energy independent. Berg says during his short time in the U.S. House the democratic leaders have put politics over policy.

There's a lot at stake for this race. Political consultants say it could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Candidates for the U.S. House, Republican Kevin Cramer and Democrat Pam Gulleson also debated. Democrat Ryan Taylor and Republican Jack Dalrymple wrapped up the event with the Governor race debate.

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