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U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack (left), R-North Branch, listens while Democratic challenger Rick Nolan speaks during a candidate forum at the Duluth Playhouse on Tuesday. Steve Kuchera | Forum Communications

Cravaack, Nolan spar in debate

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DULUTH -- Rep. Chip Cravaack and challenger Rick Nolan wasted little time in drawing distinctions between themselves on big issues such as Medicare and the economy during a lively debate Tuesday morning at the Duluth Playhouse.


"This election offers us a real clear choice," Nolan, a former Democratic congressman from Crosby, said in his opening remarks, launching into criticism of Cravaack's support of a plan to restructure Medicare.

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