The four candidates in Maine’s U.S. Senate race discussed health care, judicial nominations, money in politics and other issues during a lively and fast-paced first debate in a race with potential national implications.
Friday night’s debate was the first time that the two front-runners, incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, appeared together on a stage less than two months before the election. The event was co-sponsored by the Portland Press Herald, the Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine.
Collins and Gideon traded barbs over the senator’s support for President Trump’s judicial nominees and about the huge amounts of money flowing into the race, which is already far and away the most expensive race in Maine history.
At one point, Gideon herself asked Collins a question that she has been fielding for months but so far declined to answer: who will she support in the upcoming election?
“I don’t think that the people of Maine…