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Oct 12, 2010 8:14 AM by Associated Press

Bennet, Buck soften blows in 4th Senate debate

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck took it easy on each other in their first Denver-area debate, laying out familiar differences over tax cuts and immigration.

Bennet said Monday the expiring Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for one year, regardless of income. He repeated his position that Americans would be foolish to extend the tax cuts if they require borrowing.

Buck said the tax cuts should be made permanent regardless of income.

The two agreed on the need to rein in federal spending, though they disagreed on how to get there. Buck repeated his argument that Social Security should be partly privatized for younger workers, with the retirement age raised for middle-age workers. Buck swiped at Bennet for criticizing Buck's Social Security plan without laying out specific cuts of his own.

Buck and Bennet debate twice more this week.

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