Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and her DFL opponent Tarryl Clark sparred over topics like abortion and the economy in a heated television debate Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.
Bachmann and Clark joined Independence Part candidate Bob Anderson for the final of three debates in the Sixth District congressional race, which took place live on KSTP-TV, according to the Star Tribune.
"She is pro-abortion. She's supported by Emily's List and supports partial-birth abortion," Bachmann said of Clarke, after Clarke drew on her background as a counselor to pregnant teens to illustrate her effort to reduce abortion, according to WCCO.
Clarke said she does not support the late term abortion procedure Bachmann mentioned, according to WCCO.
Until Sunday, the candidates had stayed away from social issues in previous debates.
Clarke accused Bachmann of lying with a political ad that misrepresented one of Clarke's actions as a state senator, according to WCCO. Clarke said Bachmann's ad criticized her support of the the Legacy Amendment in 2008, which allowed Minnesotans to vote for a rise in the sales tax, was misleading. Clarke said Bachmann actually supported the amendment, but Bachmann denied it.