PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic opponent Sara Gideon sparred on health care and the nation’s coronavirus response during a Thursday debate that saw the two candidates heavily criticize each other’s records in office.
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Collins, a 24-year senator, and Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, are in a heated, expensive race that could help determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Both candidates were on the offensive Thursday, with Collins criticizing Gideon for the Maine Legislature’s failure to meet since March and Gideon portraying Collins as beholden to Republican President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The legislature has been out of session since March, and she has done nothing,” Collins said after touting her own work in support of the Paycheck Protection Program.
Gideon responded that Maine has a lower rate of coronavirus cases than most of the country and the state’s economy hasn’t suffered as much as others.
“Neither of those things is an accident,” Gideon said. “That’s in direct contrast to the lack of leadership from the federal government. I am proud of us coming together.”