2 Alaska GOP US Senate candidates debate

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 4:02 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The two more conservative Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Alaska sought to distinguish themselves in a rare, head-to-head debate less than a week before the primary.

Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell found common ground on several issues, including on U.S. military intervention and climate change. Both said the science is inconclusive, though Treadwell said that concerns like ocean acidification cannot be ignored.

The third major candidate in the race, presumptive front-runner Dan Sullivan, did not participate.

He was represented in the Anchorage studio of the Alaska public media debate by an empty chair. His spokesman, Mike Anderson, said earlier in the day that Sullivan planned to spend the evening knocking on doors in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas.

Treadwell made a few references to Sullivan's absence.

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