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October 19th, 2012
08:43 PM ET

Battle for office turn vicious: Congressman calls opponent a 'lowlife scumbag'

Congressional races seem to getting nastier and nastier. In a congressional debate in Minnesota Thursday, Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison got into a heated and personal confrontation with his Republican challenger, Chris Fields.

During the debate, Fields accused Ellison of paying a contractor to investigate his divorce.

"What they found was a statement that my ex-wife had never given me, and she issued a statement saying 'hey it was a deeply troubling period," Fields said.

Ellison interjected, saying "You're real stupid for bringing up your domestic violence allegation–I wasn't going to say a thing about it."

Why is this year's election becoming meaner and nastier?

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon.
Congressman calls challenger 'lowlife scumbag'

They didn’t actually throw sticks and stones, but a congressional debate in Minnesota Thursday was every bit as schoolyard.

It didn't take long for the showdown to turn ugly with accusations flying over who was the bigger liar and jabs escalating into a fight over the two candidates' respective divorces.

Nine minutes into the radio debate, incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat, sounded off on his Republican challenger, charging him with misstating the congressman's tenure on a House committee.

"You want to talk about who's a liar? You're the liar. You lie all the time," Ellison said to his opponent, Chris Fields.

The moderator quickly jumped in to break up the sparring, but three minutes later, they were at it again–this time, over tax returns.

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