COLUMBUS -- It's the most expensive Senate race in the country and it may well wind up to be the nastiest.
The second debate between Senator Sherrod Brown and state Treasurer Josh Mandel Thursday night got unpleasant and personal.
Brown repeatedly referred to Mandel's concentrating on his Senate campaign instead of tending to the Treasurer's job full-time. And he mentioned Mandel's multiple Pants-on-Fire statements flagged as whoppers by Politifact.
"Josh Mandel has fallen short of the honesty and integrity quotient," Brown said.
Mandel bluntly answered, "Senator, you are a liar. You are lying to the people of the state of Ohio and I won't stand for it. You may want to push people around in Washington. You are not going to push me around."
Brown responded, "Being called a liar by the winner of the Pants on Crown (sic) Fire is a pretty remarkable thing."
The Plain Dealer's Politifact Truth-Checking site has reviewed 24 statements from Mandel, his camp or supporters.
Six were Pants on Fire. Three were false and four mostly false.
And 26 statements from Brown's side of the campaign were dissected. One is Pants on Fire, one's false and one is mostly false.
Mandel and Brown differ on all the major issues, including tax changes, government spending, the auto bailout and Obamacare.
They have one more debate on Thursday, October 25 in Cincinnati at 7 p.m. It will be televised live statewide on NBC stations including Channel 3.
Brown has single digit leads in recent polls over Mandel.