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Hardy Questions Enzi's Bipartisanship In Senate Debate


In a televised debate Monday night among Wyoming candidates for U.S. Senate, Democratic challenger Charlie Hardy questioned Republican incumbent Senator Mike Enzi's ability to work with lawmakers outside his own party.

"Senator Enzi prides himself on working across the aisle. For example, working with Senator Ted Kennedy. But I really believe he hasn't realized that Ted Kennedy died about five years ago. He did work a lot across the aisle, but now being known as the second most conservative senator in congress, that I do not see as of value," said Hardy.

Senator Enzi, who is seeking a fourth term as a U.S. Senator for Wyoming, fired back that he was proud of a record of conservatism and  bipartisanship.

"Thank you for recognizing that I am the second-most conservative senator in the United States Senate. You forgot the other important statistic, which is that I have more bipartisan bills than any other senator. I do that with my 80 percent rule. I've found that we can talk civilly about 80 percent of the issues," said Enzi.

Enzi touted the fact that amid perceived congressional gridlock, he's passed 2 bills in the past two months.

Enzi and Hardy were joined  by libertarian candidate Joseph Porambo and independent candidate Curt Gotshall at the debate hosted by Wyoming PBS.

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