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Mark Dayton, left, and Tom Emmer disagree during a Friday public television debate. The two and Tom Horner, met for the first time in a general election debate. Don Davis / State Capitol Bureau

Explosive debate sets election tone -- Candidates' differing opinions, styles evident

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's major governor candidates wasted no time launching attacks on each other Friday night in the first debate of the general election campaign.

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In an explosive debate, Republican Tom Emmer blasted Democrat Mark Dayton for being involved in government much of his career.

'"I have actually been living outside government while you are living inside," Emmer told Dayton.

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