Democrat Richard Carmona (left) and Republican Rep. Jeff Flake shake hands before Thursday's debate in Chandler, Ariz.
October 19, 2012 For the first time in nearly a generation, Arizona voters will elect a new senator. Retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's ideological successor is Rep. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican. But recent polls suggest Democrat Richard Carmona has a shot, and the race has become heated.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/163242866/163273281" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Democrat Richard Carmona, who is running for the Senate from Arizona.
Ross Franklin/ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 19, 2012 Richard Carmona, a Democratic candidate for the Senate from Arizona, stepped into controversy by telling a male debate moderator that "you're prettier" than the CNN correspondent.
October 1, 2012 After everything that's happened — the primaries, caucuses, V.P. picks and conventions — it's now time for the debates. They have the capacity to change the dynamic. But, more times than not, they don't.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor