LOUISVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Friday that fears of job losses back home spurred his vote for a $700 billion government rescue of the battered financial sector despite his doubts about the plan.
His Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, called the bailout the "worst thing we could have done," and suggested an alternative to have the government guarantee rather than buy securities from troubled institutions.
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The debate before the non-partisan Louisville Forum turned into an hourlong spat on a wide range of issues, including health care, the Iraq war and the timing of building two new Ohio River bridges.
Northup also said she believes global warming is occurring but stopped short of saying it is caused by people.