Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, Democratic challenger Al Franken, and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley are vying for the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota. According to Larry Oakes of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
In a 90-minute face-off before 1,800 people at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Independence Party candidate Barkley, in particular, went bare-knuckled at his better-financed, big-party rivals, saying their campaigns have been corrupted by special interest money and negativity. He reserved some of his sharpest criticism for incumbent Coleman for, among other things, not doing more to stop the economic meltdown affecting the nation and world.
“Norm, on your watch we had the greatest malfeasance in economic history. If you were in Enron, right now you’d probably be under indictment, not running for reelection.”