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GOP candidates for U.S. Senate meet to debate

May 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The three Republicans who want Senator Barbara Boxer's job held their final debate Thursday night before the June primary. The hour-long debate took place at the Museum of Tolerance.There's a lot a stake in this primary as these candidates fight for a chance to take on a vulnerable Democratic incumbent. And for Tom Campbell, Carly Fiorina, and Chuck DeVore, this was their only face-to-face debate.

They clashed on a number of topics, but all three were in agreement that a Republican has a very good chance at beating Barbara Boxer come November.

In a crowded auditorium at the Museum of Tolerance, the three Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in California tried to connect with their base in the weeks before the June primary, each trying to be more conservative than the next.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and moderated by ABC7's Marc Brown, the candidates were asked about everything from offshore drilling, to taxes, to illegal immigration.

In a recent ABC7 Eyewitness News Poll, former Congressman Tom Campbell had a slight lead over former Hewlett-Packard Chief Carly Fiorina, with state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in third place. But after the debate, all three felt like their messages are resonating with voters.

Fiorina says she's proud of her endorsement from Sarah Palin.

DeVore said that we should be more worried about China than we are about the Taliban.

You can watch the entire hour-long debate Sunday at 11 a.m. on ABC7.

The Republican Primary is set for June 8.