NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Republican governor hopefuls squared off in another televised debate marked by bickering, and businessman Ken Block said voters have been ill-served by the tone of a campaign filled with "venom."

Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung met in an hour-long debate at the Providence Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

Block described the race between the two as being full of "venom, vile and half-truths" and said at one point, "I hate this campaign." He blamed the negativity on Fung.

Meanwhile, Fung called the race "spirited" and said he thought it has featured some good debate on issues.

Both announced big endorsements earlier in the day. Block won the backing of 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Robitaille, while Fung is being supported by 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


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