Campaign Notebook: Senate Hopefuls Spin Debate Into Victories

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Third District

The New Haven Independent takes a close look at the foreign policy stances of Rosa DeLauro and Wayne Winsley, even though these issues have taken a backseat on the campaign trail to the economy. Some similarities – such as support of Israel – can be seen in the candidates. Their views on Afghanistan appear much different.

Fifth District

The outside money keeps pouring into the Fifth District. After the Democratic National Campaign Committee spent nearly $800,000 to support Elizabeth Esty, Andrew Roraback is getting some help of his own. Politico reports that the Government Integrity Fund Action Network is pledging $1.1 million to support Roraback's campaign.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) was in northeastern Connecticut on Thursday, visiting with farmers and talking national farm policies.


Who won the second debate between Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy? It depends who you believe.

As soon as the debate on Oct. 11 ended, both campaigns talked up their candidates.

Murphy’s campaign boldly claimed that he is now an undefeated 2-0 in the debates.

“Tonight, Chris Murphy proved once again that he is the only candidate in this race focused on creating jobs for the middle class, fighting for women’s rights, and protecting seniors’ benefits,” said Murphy campaign spokesperson Ben Marter in a written statement. 

McMahon’s campaign analyzed the debate and said that Murphy spent 13 minutes and 24 seconds “attacking” McMahon, and only 4 minutes and 15 seconds “discussing the issues.”

“It seems there is no limit to Congressman Murphy’s hypocrisy,” said campaign manager Corry Bliss said in a written statement. “Only a career politician like Chris Murphy would try to spin his opponent as a negative campaigner while spending over 75 percent of last night's debate on personal attacks.”

Both candidates debate for a third time on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in New London.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D) and other politicians attended a somber ceremony to remember six soldiers killed abroad, reports the Trumbull Times.

Steve Obsitnik (R) continues canvassing Fairfield County. His Facebook page has photos of stops at Westport-based charity Homes with Hope and the Darien Train Station.


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