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Oct 8, 2010 8:36 AM by Associated Press

Stimulus, Social Security dominate Pueblo Senate debate

Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck is chastising his own party for scaring seniors with messages about cuts to Medicare.

In the third Colorado Senate debate, Buck criticized GOP allies for campaigning against the health care overhaul in part by highlighting some $500 billion in Medicare cuts over the next decade.

Buck called those campaign ads "despicable." But Buck went on to criticize Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet for running scary ads that Buck would imperil Social Security.

Bennet insisted Buck's plans would harm seniors.

The candidates also bickered over last year's stimulus package and Colorado water policy in an hourlong debate in Pueblo.

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