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Stirring the pot ahead of first GOP Senate debate

As Republican Senate candidates prepare for this Saturday night's debate in Adel, some timely leaks have come our way to provide them with extra ammo.

The first tidbit is the praise from Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin yesterday to one of the candidates, Rep. Jack Kingston. Speaking from the floor of the Senate yesterday, Harkin thanked the Savannah Republican and others for helping to hash out a $1 trillion budget.

"No one got 100% of what they wanted in this bill which is often a sign of probably a pretty good deal," said Harkin.

Having any fingerprints on the spending plan may not go over well with ultra-conservatives who the candidates are trying to win over.

And then there's this piece today on TPM, a liberal blog, that has David Perdue, another Senate candidate,  trying to reconcile his opposition to the bailout of Detroit's auto industry with his support for the surge of federal funding in 2008 to banks and Wall Street firms.

" I do not support the bailout of Detroit.  Now the liquidity that we put into the financial system, we got a return on that. That money came back to us because it was a decent investment and it came back to us.. The money in (Detroit) was basically a union buyout."

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.