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Yesterday's debates: Nasty in Alaska

ALASKA: NBC’s John Boxley reporting from Anchorage, AK, writes that one word summed up Sunday night's much anticipated Alaska Senatorial debate, with Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski and Scott McAdams: nasty. From the start, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (write-in) was on the attack, at one point calling Joe Miller (R) unfit to serve in the Senate. While Miller acknowledged Sunday that he had been disciplined for using government computers to participate in a poll. He was suspended for three days, but he said, "That's one of the things about me I'm not a perfect person and, in fact, I think Alaskans know more about me today than probably any candidate." Murkowski responded, "Joe your statement here this evening demonstrates I think again, the lack of fitness for the office."

More on the debate: “Ethics took center stage Sunday during a debate in which Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller said he was suspended for or docked three days' pay for violating ethics policy while working as a local government attorney in 2008,” NECN reports. “Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who's running as a write-in candidate after losing the GOP primary to Miller, questioned his fitness to serve in the Senate — a comment that drew loud jeers from the debate audience in Anchorage.”

FLORIDA: CNN recounts the Florida Senate debate on Sunday’s “State of the Union,” writing that it “seemed more of a two-sided contest Sunday as Republican front-runner Marco Rubio's opponents both targeted him… Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist both tried to portray Rubio as too rigidly conservative for Florida in the spirited hour-long debate.”

The Washington Post’s take on the debate: “Things started off civil but gradually descended into chaos as Republican Marco Rubio accused Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, of ‘heckling’ during a debate between all three Florida Senate candidates. Ironically, Crist had denounced bickering between the two major-party candidates, but spent a lot of time talking over Rubio and demanding that he release financial records.”