Spencer accuses Clinton of posturing for presidency in debate

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(10/20/06) ROCHESTER - The latest polls show Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) leads her Republican challenger, John Spencer, but that didn't stop the pair from squaring off in a heated debate Friday in Rochester.

Disagreements occurred early and often throughout the debate. The former Yonkers mayor accused the former First Lady of using her Senate seat to gain another ticket to the White House. Sen. Clinton says she focuses on the job at hand, but she did not outright deny speculation she may run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Spencer and Clinton disagreed on most issues, from the Iraq war to the president's wiretapping program. One issue they saw eye to eye on was border security. The candidates both say illegal immigration is a serious problem.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll numbers show the incumbent leading the race 65 percent, to Spencer's 30 percent. Another debate is scheduled in Manhattan for Sunday, October 22.

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