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U.S. Senate Candidates Debate

Minnesota's major party U.S. Senate candidates had their second debate Saturday night, where they talked about what they see as the nations biggest threat, MPR reports.

Senator Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and Independent Party candidate Dean Barkley debated at Breck High School in Golden Valley.

Franken said the biggest threat is terrorism, and went on to blame Coleman for his support of the Iraq war. The war, Franken said, has distracted from the war on terrorism initially launched in Afghanistan.

Coleman said the biggest threat was partisan bickering and gridlock in Washington.

"If we can overcome the partisan divide, we can make a difference. That's what I have done my entire career," said Coleman.

Barkley said the growing national debt poses the biggest threat to the nation. He blamed Coleman for taking part in making that debt larger.

The Pioneer Press reported that this is the first televised debate for the candidates, and all three candidates are going to express the styles they want to sell voters.

All three candidates will debate for third time next week in Dulut.