HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Republican challenger Dan Carter took each other to task on issues that included gun control and the federal health care law in an hourlong debate.

The Sunday morning debate aired live on WFSB’s “Face the State” public affairs program.

Blumenthal criticized Carter, a Bethel state representative, for his 2013 vote against a gun control package passed after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Carter said the bill wouldn’t have prevented the shootings.

Carter said the Affordable Care Act has failed to lower the cost of health insurance. Blumenthal acknowledged improvements could be made but said it would be a disservice to roll back insurance coverage guarantees.


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