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Senate candidates kick off first debate in Butte

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Today was the first political debate on the road to the general election. The senatorial debate was hosted at the Montana Tech Library in Butte. It was a three way face off with democrat candidate Senator John Walsh, republican candidate Representative Steve Daines and libertarian candidate Roger Roots.

Today's debate covered a variety of issues, but there was a strong focus among the candidates on Montana jobs, wages and health care.

Democrat Senator John Walsh and Representative Steve Daines agreed on the importance of creating more jobs and addressing the minimum wage in Montana.

"If we lose our natural resources, we lose jobs," Daines said.

"I do support the raise of a minimum wage, our hard working families out there, who are working two jobs and still making below the poverty level, that's wrong," Walsh said.

The debate moved to the candidate's position on equal pay for women. Libertarian candidate Roger Roots claimed there is no such thing as a pay gap.

Senator Walsh says the pay gap is an issue, and hopes to narrow it.

Representative Daines addressed the issue by saying the u-s needU more women leaders.

The candidates were most at odds when it came to government spending. Representative daines stood by his campaign of less government, and senator walsh spoke to his efforts to cut the budget.

As for the debt ceiling, roots says raising would be a very last resort.

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