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Tierney, Tisei focus on policy differences in final debate

GLOUCESTER — Four debates in 10 days, six in a month, two as bitter and personal as any local congressional debates in recent memory. But US Representative John F. Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei eased back on the rancor in their final meeting Friday, largely eschewing personal attack — if not occasional eye-rolling — and emphasizing policy differences.

They avoided talk of the issue that has hovered over the race and fueled their fiercest exchanges: how much, if anything, the congressman knew about the illegal gambling ring run by his wife’s brothers.

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