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Published October 29, 2010, 08:17 PM

In Final TV Debate, MN Gov. Hopefuls Get Testy

Republican Tom Emmer scolded Democrat Mark Dayton for making "promises you can't keep" in his bid for Minnesota governor while Dayton accused his rival of taking a sterile view of government.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Tom Emmer scolded Democrat Mark Dayton for making "promises you can't keep" in his bid for Minnesota governor while Dayton accused his rival of taking a sterile view of government.

Friday's debate on Twin Cities Public Television saw the two front-runners mix it up. A third-party candidate, Tom Horner, got into the act by portraying his opponents as wedded to the political extremes.

The debate is one of more than two dozen the candidates have had, and they recycled many of their past remarks. The race is considered tight headed into the final weekend.

Emmer says Dayton's plan for erasing a budget deficit doesn't leave enough room for new school initiatives, such as reduced class sizes and all-day kindergarten. Dayton says those are merely goals.

Dayton says Emmer's austerity plan neglects that state services "are about people."

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