CINCINNATI - The candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate race are preparing to meet in the final debate of their heated campaign.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel face off again Thursday evening in a Cincinnati TV studio. In Columbus last week, Mandel called Brown a liar, and Brown said the Republican can't be trusted.
Mandel has depicted the 59-year-old veteran Democrat as a career Washington politician, while Brown has described his 35-year-old challenger as opportunistic and more concerned about his next office than doing the job in the one he has.
They have clashed on the auto industry bailout, which Brown supported and Mandel says was fiscally irresponsible.
Polls have indicated Brown has been holding the lead in their race, which has drawn heavy outside ad spending.
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