The first debate between incumbent Senator Patrick Leahy and his Republican
challenger Len Britton highlighted differences on government spending and
health care reform. The
Senate race also drew a high-profile endorsement from Arizona senator John McCain, who said Vermont needs a change in Washington.
The race between Republican U.S. Senate candidate
Len Britton and Democratic senator Patrick Leahy is playing out a little differently from elsewhere around the country, where Republican candidates have been challenging incumbent
Democrats on a variety of "hot button" issues.