Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul shared a stage today to talk about their bids for the U.S. Senate. (You can hear the whole forum here)

The candidates began with ten minute opening statements (they were allowed 20). After both statements, the candidates were given five minutes for rebuttal. The rebuttal was followed by a Q&A, and three questions were asked.

Some of the barbs from the debate are highlighted on WFPL. Paul said he was a social and fiscal conservative and said Conway was too liberal for Kentucky. Conway, however, pointed out that Paul’s proposed cuts to federal spending would affect Kentucky counties, where earmarks have funded notable projects. If this debate set the tone for the rest of the campaign, then Conway will likely continue explaining the possible negative results of Paul’s policies, and Paul will continue trying to tap into anti-incumbent (and Tea Party) sentiment.

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