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McMahon, Murphy square off in 4th Senate debate

HARTFORD — Republican Linda McMahon explained Thursday why she has not offered specifics throughout the Connecticut Senate race on how she would change Social Security and Medicare to keep the programs financially solvent, saying she would be ‘‘demagogued’’ for providing detailed ideas.

‘‘Thanks to all you all folks in the media, you’re the ones who primarily do it and bash any suggestions that might be made to improve either Social Security, Medicare,’’ she said.

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Senior citizens’ issues, including Social Security and Medicare, have been a key point of contention in the close race to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent.

Murphy has accused McMahon of wanting to ‘‘sunset’’ or phase out Social Security. He has also accused McMahon of supporting proposals to privatize Medicare. McMahon has denied both accusations.

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