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AP: Ohio Senate Hopefuls Spar on Iraqi War
WASHINGTON -- Rivals in Ohio's Senate race, one of the closest in the country, argued Sunday about what has gone wrong in Iraq and how to improve the situation as they held their first televised debate.

Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown, who voted against giving President Bush the authority to go to war in 2003, seized on the recent disclosure of a secret intelligence report and new books saying the war has increased terrorist threats.

Brown accused GOP Sen. Mike DeWine of backing the status quo in Iraq and failing, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to hold the Bush administration accountable.

DeWine distanced himself from Bush's comments last week that Democrats had become the "party of cut-and-run," asserting he did not know what that statement meant. DeWine said there would not have been a vote for war in 2003 if intelligence about the threat from Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction had been accurate.

The two lawmakers faced off on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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