Live TV debate exposes Democrats’ differences in Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The first live-televised prime-time debate between leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat exposed differences between the rivals.

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Perhaps the sharpest exchange in Thursday night’s debate came over a question about a 2013 incident when, shotgun in hand, John Fetterman confronted someone who he believed to be involved with gunfire on a nearby street in Braddock, where Fetterman was mayor.

It was a reprisal of previous criticism of Fetterman mounted by state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of suburban Pittsburgh.

The debate also exposed differences over suspending the federal gas tax and opposing new natural gas drilling leases.