Paul Debate Stomping Caps an Odd Campaign Year

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Reid voted to table an amendment to the health care bill that would bar prescribing Viagra to sex offenders, but the amendment was offered as a Republican trick to derail the Democrat's health care reform bill.

Reid, however, is no stranger to similar attacks. In an earlier ad, he accused Angle of attempting to derail a state law that would have effectively turned Nevada into a "safe haven for domestic abusers."

The YouTube Candidates

Advertising, once the most expensive aspect of a campaign has, with the advent of video sharing Web sites like YouTube, become a cheap way for a canidate -- any candidate -- to get out their message.

Dale Peterson, a failed candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in Alabama, posted several videos to YouTube while he was running, but he posted the one that would generate the most buzz only after he was out of the running. In an edorsement for a one-time rival, Peterson brandishes a rifle calls another opponent a "dummy... [who] can got back to his chicken farm" and then fires a round at an actor stealing a political yard sign.

Like Peterson, Pam Gorman, a Republican from Arizona running for Congerss also used YouTube to prove she was a candidate of high "calibre." In a Internet video titled "Driving the Left Nuts," Gorman fires a tommy gun, two pistols, and an assault rifle and is described as a "conservative Christian and pretty fair shot."

Basil Marceaux, a Tennessee Republican who lost races for governor and the House, nevertheless became an Internet sensation. Marceaux's platforms -- including requiring everyone to carry a gun, pardoning the crimes of anyone who voted for him, and banning American flags with gold fringe -- made him a viral video sensation.

An Old Timer Returns

This year's midterms were distinguished too by at least one feel-good tale from the campaign trail.

With little shot of securing the nomination, 95-year-old Ken Hechler ran in the Democratic Senate primary in West Virginia hoping to replace the youthful 92-year-old Sen. Robert Bird.

"People that have seen me in action say I might be old chronologically, but I have the mind, the heart, the passion, the articulation of a 35-year-old," Hechler said.

The veteran Democratic pol, who was first elected to the House in 1958 and served alongside Byrd in Congress for 18 years, ultimately lost the nomination to Gov. Joe Manchin.

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