Leaders Slug It Out In TV Debate

With 4 months to go to the General Election, viewers had the chance to see the two men bidding to lead the country go head to head in the first televised leadership debate of the year on Thursday night.

Tackling unemployment was the key topic of the night as challenger Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the Conservative Moderates attacked the social exclusion which he said had been created under the ruling Social Democrats. Prime Minister Göran Persson in turn said Reinfeldt’s policies would lead to more people falling outside the social safety net.

The three key issues of the debate were jobs, benefits and schools.

As for who’s leading on points, today in one of numerous polls we can expect in the next few months, showed that Persson’s Social Democrats and their parliamentary allies have taken the lead for the first time in month’s.

The poll by Ruab showed the ruling coalition garnered a combined 49 percent of the votes against 48 percent for the centre-right opposition alliance.

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