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Democrats Vying For Senate Agree On Iran, Economy

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Democrats competing to succeed the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman agreed that that the U.S. should tighten sanctions against Iran and avoid war to force it to give up its ambitions for nuclear weapons.

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, state Rep. William Tong and Matthew Oakes debated Monday at the University of Connecticut.

They broadly agreed that the federal government can do more to make higher education affordable to students and their parents and use fiscal policy to strengthen the economic recovery.

A fifth candidate, Lee Whitnum, repeatedly criticized Israel, accusing it for steering U.S. foreign policy.

Bysiewicz criticized Murphy for voting against legislation tuition tax credits and closing tax loopholes for financial services companies. Murphy said after the debate he voted against the bill for other reasons.

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