McMahon says she avoids specifics on some issues

SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon speaks during a debate against Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The two are vying for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican candidate Linda McMahon says she hasn't offered specifics throughout Connecticut's Senate race for changing Social Security and Medicare because she would be "demagogued" for her ideas.

Senior citizens issues have been a key point of contention in the close race to fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. McMahon and Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy are running to replace him.

Asked Thursday during her fourth and final debate with Murphy what she would do to shore up the two benefits, McMahon said "there are several things to think about" but that she has purposely "not offered specifics" because, in her words, "I'd get demagogued."

After the debate, Murphy said candidates should say where they stand, even if that wins some votes and loses others.