Boozman centered himself on his message of spending cuts, debt reduction and tax breaks."Senator Lincoln is a good friend, she's somebody I admire," said Boozman, "and yet we can't afford her anymore."
Candidates fielded questions from selected members of the media from Arkansas' four congressional districts. Boozman and Lincoln clashed on issues like the fair tax, which would replace federal income tax with a flat sales tax.
"Can you imagine getting rid of the IRS," Boozman asked, "and having a paycheck that's all your own?"
"I think that looking at how we can do a better job at simplifying tax code is important," countered Lincoln, " but slapping a 30, 26, 22, 30% tax on people is outrageous."
Candidates covered topics from health care reform to privatization of social security, with the only real controversy coming during the portion of the debate when the candidates asked each other questions.
Senator Lincoln zeroed in on a particular vote by Congressman Boozman.
"Do you believe the voters of Arkansas agree with your stance that the rights of rapists take priority over the rights of those they've assaulted," Lincoln asked Boozman.
Boozman responded he did not know which vote Lincoln was referring to and he had a 100 percent pro life voting record, but he would vote for a bill which excluded rape, incest and life of the mother.
Lincoln's campaign released the bill number, HR 748, immediately following the debate. Boozman's campaign confirmed he did vote for the bill, saying it dealt with minors and abortions and provided exceptions for cases where minors were the subject of sexual or physical abuse by a parent.
The Lincoln campaign stood by its initial statement that the bill enables fathers who commit rape and incest to bring civil suits.