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Feingold, Johnson square off in first debate

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold and Republican challenger Ron Johnson faced off in the first of three debates ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

During the debate, Feingold defended his vote for health care reform, saying his opponent wants to wipe out a program that saves people from being at the mercy of insurance companies.

The Democratic incumbent is seeking his fourth term, though polls show him slightly trailing Johnson, a political newcomer.

Johnson denied the senator's claims, saying the health care system in the U.S. is already the finest in the world and needs only minor tweaks, such as tort reforms, to become even better.

Feingold says the federal health care law allows people to maintain coverage and helps the elderly afford prescription drugs.

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