Brown, Mandel Clash During Second Senate Debate

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The second debate in Ohio's hotly contested U.S. Senate race was almost vitriolic with Republican challenger Josh Mandel and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown clashing on policy issues.

The tenor of the televised debate Thursday night in Columbus mirrored the barrage of negative TV ads that have marked a race that is one of the most expensive in the nation.

Mandel, the 35-year-old state treasurer, and 59-year-old Brown, who is serving his first term in the Senate, clashed not only personally but on most policy issues, including gay marriage, Medicare, trade policy, taxes and government bailouts.

The debate was held at the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Insurance in downtown Columbus.

It was sponsored by a network of Ohio's eight largest newspapers, The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV.