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Walsh and Duckworth square off in 8th Congressional District debate

Updated: October 18, 2012 10:03PM

Cooler heads prevailed in the final debate between congressional rivals Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh, but the two tangled on key issues in a televised meeting between the two on WTTW Thursday night.

At one point, citing a newspaper write-up, Duckworth called Walsh a “hyper- partisan megamouth.”

The two faced some tough questions including what Walsh, a Tea Party-backed Republican candidate, thought of a characterization that he was “rude” or “confrontational.” Walsh was asked if he regretted the way he’s conducted himself.

“No, there are times when I’ve gotten ahead of myself,” he said, adding that when he does he quickly tries to correct that. He called himself “an odd-duck” who is a politician but doesn’t carefully measure every word. “I think we’re all sick of politicians who poll-test every single word that comes out of their mouths.”

Duckworth was asked if she felt she over played her military service or her wounds as she campaigns for the 8th congressional seat. Duckworth said that it was Walsh who planted that idea and that she was proud of her military service.

“I’ve never called myself a hero,” she said.

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